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Confederate Veteran Association 

of (lie 

State of Oklahoma 

Issued by 
Major General Daniel M. Hailey 

Commanding the Oklahoma Division 


McA tester, Oklahoma 


It is with much pleasure that I am able again to dedicate to my old Com- 
rades another book. Each of the past seven years of my life I have been fortunate 
enough to be able to give to each of my Comrades a booklet that has been intend- 
ed to cheer them in their declining days. 1 f I have in the least succeeded in this 
I have been well paid for the expnse and time I have put on them. 

Before long we will all be called "across the river" and I hope that our sons 
and daughters will cherish the memory of the men who, from 'oi to -65, fought 
for a principle that still lives in the hearts of all Southland. 

It is to these that I dedicate this little book, hoping that it will in a measure, 
gladden the hearts of all who receive it. 

Your Friend and Comrade, 


Commanding Oklahoma Division, U. C. V. 




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Proceedings State Reunion 

United Confederate Reunion 

Durant Octobers, 4, 5, 1916 

At 2:30 P. M. the convention was called to order 
by Gen. D. M. Hailey. 

Invocation by Rev. J. B. Ogle, of Durant 

The Girls' String Band of Ada was present and 
rendered several numbers while the convention was or- 

Hon. W. E. Utterback of Durant. was introduced 
by General Hailey, and made the address of welcome 
to the veterans. His address was in part: 

"Old Confederate Veterans, Ladies and Gentlemen: 
I will ask you to pardon my embarrassment for two 
reasons-. First, I am occupying a pulpit, which you are 
undoubtedly aware, is a queer and unaccustomed placa 
for a lawyer, and secondly, for he first time I have had 
the pleasure and been honored with the opportunity to 
talk to you old boys. As a southern boy I was taught to 
revere the memory of the name Confederate, and was 
raised at the knee of a confederate mother. Father 
started at the age of 18 and quit at the surrender at 
Appomattox. The four years that you served you gained 
great victories and won deeds of valor never dreamed of 
before. 1 cannot go into details of those glorious vie- 
tories and those glorious defeats, but I desire to call your 

attention to the fact that the ex-confederate has not only 
proved himself a soldier in time of war but in piping 
times of peace come home to a broken country and has 
woven himself a home and a country that has reared its 
head above the rest of the world and made it the peer 
of any country on earth. They turned from swords to 
plowshares and made their plowshares as mighty in the 
world of affairs as were their swords in time of strife. 
He proved himself a soldier worthy of the name and 
this is he that I am facing today and making an effort 
in my feeble way to welcome to our city. 

"Thos. Jefferson, the greatest Democrat that ever 
lived, was a product of the South. President Wilson, 
who by his masterly handling of a most delicate situa- 
tion, has kept us out of war that at times seemed inevit- 
able is a product of the South. The men who are the 
mainstays of our government in Washington today, are 
men of the South. 

s 'The pepper and salt of Durant told me to tell you 
that they wanted to see you and wanted their children 
to see you and hear you and take you as a model for 
their future. Every man and woman told me to tell 
you that we wanted you because we loved you and it 

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was a pleasure to entertain you, and that our little city 
was wide open to you, and their was a warm and hearty 
welcome extended to every veteran who came to this 
reunion. 1 thank you." 

After the applause subsided the Girls' String Band 
rendered a patriotic air that was heartily cheered. 

Col. R. A. Sneed was asked by General Hailey to 
respond to the address of welcome. His remarks were 
in part: 

"Only a few moment ago General Hailey notified 
me of the change in the program. I am not accustom "d 
to making speeches in public, but I would be false to 
you and to myself should 1 not respond to the speech 
just made by this able and splendid young man. Whe 1 
I heard that Durant was to entertain us this year I was 
satisfied. I said ninety per cent southern blood, and 
that was sufficient; my comrades here present prove 
that my theory was shared by them. A few of us went 
to the Daughters* meeting this morning. We drank in 
most interestedly what they said. I wish all could have 
been there. Their work was an inspiration. If the Sons 
would show the same zest and interest what a wonderful 
organization they would have. Every report was in per- 
fect form and every officer had her report ready when 
it was" called for. All business was transacted on a 
perfect business basis and it was a pleasure as well as 
revelation to see them work. 

"1 never get to talking in public that I don't make 
a few remarks about our Home. I am very proud of 
that Home. It is a wonderful place and our old comrades 
there are happy and well satisfied. About fifty or sixty 
of us were there yesterday and were entertained at din- 
ner. 1 never saw anybody enjoy an occasion more, boi h 
inmates and visitors. I have been a member of the 
Board of Control from the beginning and 1 am prouu 
of our institution. The Daughters have a fund and 
with it accomplish much good. It should be the duty 

and pleasure of every comrade to make a visit to this 

"We have been entertained in several cities since we 
began holding our state reunions but in none hav we 
been treated more royally than in your little city of 
Durant. We have been here before and this time we 
come back perfectly at home- And now in behalf of the 
Confederate veterans I thank you for your hospitality. 
We are glad to visit you and glad to honor you and 
your good governor who is with us today." 

The Girls' String Band played "Dixie" and the stir- 
ring tones brought the veterans to their feet. At its con- 
clusion the "Rebel Yell" was given twice with such vim 
as to fairly shake the rafters. 

Next on the program was appointment of commit- 
tees. General Hailey announced the following as mem- 
bers of the Credentials committee: Capt. F. J. Barrett, 
Chairman, Col. J. K. LaRue, Capt. M. G. McDonald, 
Major J. R. Acuff. 

Committee on Resolutions: Gen. T. D. Turner, 
Chairman, Col. R. A. Sneed, Gen. Thos. D. Bard, Major 
Allen, Col. John R. Pulliam. 

General Hailey introduced Governor Robt. L. Wil- 
liams, who made a short talk to the Veterans. Gover- 
nor Williams spoke in part as follows: 

"I come here today to make the great office I hold 
pay respect to this organization. It is a pleasure to come 
as the representative of the State and revere and honor 
not only those living but also those dead who represent 
the Confederate cause. They represented a just and 
righteous cause. The very principles that they advocated 
and fought for are today the very foundations of our 
law and government. When Gen. Robt. E, Lee sheathed 
his sword at Appomattox he did not do so as a de- 
feated general, but rather as a man who had fought for 
principle and was forced to quit not because his prin- 
ciple was' wrong or that he was defeated but because he 
was overpowered by superior numbers. 

"Eleven years ago when you met here Cor your 
list state reunion in the big tent I had the honor of 
Laking the welcome address. That was a great pleasure 
.11 id now it is a greater one to be able to address you 
.1 I he. governor of this great commonwealth of Okla- 
homa. While I am talking to you today it will not he 
amiss for me to make something of a report regarding 
what has been done in Oklahoma City in behalf of the 
• on federate Veterans 1 of Oklahoma. At the capitol there 
i a room being built that will have on the door, '•Con- 
federate Veterans. " That room is for you, it is yours. 
If will be ready for you by this time next year and I 
iim glad to have you come while I am governor of the 
tate for I will account it a great honor to turn the 
keys over to you. In that room you can preserve your 
history and your mementos. We have another for the 
Union soldiers. These rooms are 24 feet by 18 feet. 

"While we have a united country everything at the 
capitol as long as I am there will be equality every- 

"The state has made as best it could, provision 
Cor the old Confederate soldiers. Besides the Confed- 
erate Home it has provided $4 8,000 in pensions which 
is about $30 per man. This seems small but when I 
tell you that West Virginia provides no more and prob- 
ably others have just as little, it is 1 not so bad since we 
are new at the business and had no way of knowing just 
how many veterans we had in our state. It is our pur- 
pose to keep up the good work and provide as best we 
can for the old soldiers. The heavy burdens at 
(his time have prevented us from giving more just now. 
but as 1 we cut these down we will have more funds out 
Of which to appropriate. 

"The room for the Confederates at the Capitol I hat 
I just spoke of will be fire proof, have fire proof vaults 
and everything sacred to the cause can be placed there 
with perfect safety. I have been in many capitols of the 
south but have never yet seen such a room as this. 

When it is Jinished 1 want you to send a committee or 
as many as you can, I \vant70u to come and see just 
what sort of a room it is and then begin to fill it up 
with confederate treasures. 1 want to turn this room 
over to the committee myself. It will be one of the 
proudest moments of my life. 

"My main purpose in coming here today to address 
you was* to do myself the honor and to share the honor of 
my home town in extending you our hospitality. This is 
a pleasure that we will not have many years more anil 
it is our duty to attend to it right now. Many of you 
are growing old and will not attend many more of these 
reunions and it is up to the younger generation to mak ■ 
your visits as pleasant as possible. 

"In closing I want to say that as long as I am Gov- 
ernor of this state, the old Confederate soldier will find 
me always ready to listen and ready to perform any 
service that will lighten his burden. 1 will always meet 
him with a smile and a hearty hand grasp. I thank you." 

Major Allen, at the conclusion of the Governor's 
address, moved a rising vote of thanks for the honor 
conferred upon them by his- presence and for the mam* 
pleasant tilings said about the Confederate veterans and 
their cause. Motion carried unanimously. 

The Girls* String Band rendered some stirring airs 
and the veterans applauded vigorously. 

General Hailey next on the program rendered Ills 
annual address as Commander of the Oklahoma Division. 

After more music by the band Gen, \l. B. Coleman, 
Adjutant General of the Oklahoma Division, read his 
report for the past year. It was well read and very 

1 ling. It held the audience in strictest attention. 

At this point in the program the convention toad 
official notice Of the death during the previous night of 
one of the veterans who was a resident of Durant. A 
recess of twenty minutes was taken to pay respects to the 
deceased comrade. 

General H:iil<\v introduced Mr. Hayes of Durant who 



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delivered the welcome address on behalf of the Sons: 

"Mr. Commander, Ladies, Gentlemen and Sons: 
When I see you gathered together here before me and 
realize what you have gone through in our behalf I am 
prone to give up and admit that I am not equal to the 
Occasion. However I am here to make a talk and I must 
do It. I am like the little boy with the preacher, 'I will 
|0 to t lie devil if I don't.' 

"Abraham Lincoln was a great man but he was not 
One, two, three with Robert E. Lee. 

"I was born in the South, raised in the South and 

i infancy have had the splendid and noble example 

Of the veterans who fought for our cause during the 
late sixties, now what sort of a man would I be if 1 
w.-re not loyal to their cause and not devoted to these vet- 
erans? 1 love these veterans and I revere the cause 
i hey fought for and I shall endeavor to emulate the 
■ sample of their stoical, persevering and heroic actions 
.luring and after that titanic struggle. After the fierce 
struggle they returned to their homes only to prove thai 
their bravery was not exceeded by their recuperating 
powers and as a result it was only a few short years until 
the South was again the same old South with the same 
Old supremacy that she was before the sixties. Why 
Should we not admire such men? Just the other day 
"Cyclone" Davis was sent from Congress to his home in 
Texas because he did not have the proper respect for 
I he old Confederate veteran. He slandered these old 
comrades and his constituency resented it as they should 
and now he is worse than a private citizen; he is a 
political outcast and a man denied by his own people. 

"As a further proof of the faculties for recovering 
from the most adverse circumstances, today the highest 
office in our government is occupied by a Southern man. 
Cabinet positions are filled with them, in fact when they 
want to fill an important office it has become the habit 
to look for a southern man. 

"t am proud to see you all looking so lively. You 

may have the years but most of you are still young. 
You can take what is left of you and today you could 
lick Villa and the whole Mexican army or outfit as you 

"If he is a Confederate veteran it means that he was 
a good soldier and an excellent man. 

"We welcome you to our midst and will do every- 
thing we can to make your stay with us pleasant as 
possible. We will give you to eat and give you to drink 
and see that you have a good bed to sleep in. We will gi- e 
you our beds and sleep on the floor and if that is not 
enough you can sleep on the floor with us. We don't 
care if seven hundred of you come we will take care of 
all of you. I heard one man say, 'If these old men want 
to do anything let them do it and whatever the cost 
charge it to me.' That is the way we all feel ab^ut it 
and we want you to make ycurselves perfectly at home 
among us. 1 thank you." Loud and continued ap- 

plause followed the close of his address. 

The Girls' String Band entertained the audience 
with some choice music. 

General Hailey then introduced Mrs. Paullen of 
Durant, who delivered the address of welcome in be- 
half of the Daughters. 

"Commander, Ladies and Gentlemen and especial!/ 
Daughters: 1 can't talk like these lawyers and make 
the flowery speeches that they can but I can be just as 
sincere and mean just as much, I can welcome you from 
the bottom of mv heart and they can do no more. The 
Daughters are not the biggest organization in the wrrld 
but it is the best because we are all strictly southern. 

"When I was notified by the committee that I would 
be expected to make the speech of welcome to the Daugh- 
ters, I studied and wrote assiduously. Several things I 
thought were good ideas and would go splend'dly. How- 
ever much as I did there is not one of those ideas 1 comes 
to me at this time. 

"There are some things that occur to me that I 

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thought of several Limes when we were preparing for 
tills reunion and I think of them now. I want to say 
Mini our finance committee is due much credit for 
i-iniulid manner in which it has helped the Daugh- 
ter B out in their preparations for this reunion. The 
■ • 1 1 h came to our assistance when we needed them badly 
■ ml they stayed with us until now and have helped us to 
make the success of this reunion. They were glad to 
vi' their time, their money and their ideas and we 
i i i;i inly used all three. . I want to make public acknowl- 
edgment °' their services now while we are all here as 
i w.i 11 1 them to have the honor and credit due them. 

"We are especially glad to entertain the greatest 
men on earth, the Confederate soldier. You are recog- 
nized as honorable and brave and your fame as soldiers* 
i i i»ter national. The generals in the immense armies 
Of Europe are today making open admission of the fact 
Unit they are using the tactics of Generals Robert E. Lee 
and Stonewall Jackson. What greater tribute can be 
paid to a general and his men? My father was only a 
private but a private in the confederate army was a man 
among men. 

"We have no keys to the city and therefore can turn 
mine over to you. We threw them in the river because 
we did not need them. The city is wide open to you, 
i very house and every door in every house. We hope t • 
make it pleasant for you, so pleasant that it will be a 
red letter day in your life. We wouldn't mind adopting 
you a bit, but that would make trouble everywhere else 
\mi are known. Wc love you and are glad you are 
here. In behalf of this Chapter of Daughters of the 
Confederacy 1 hope you will enjoy yourselves to the 
fullest extent. I thank you." Tremendous applause. 

Mrs. Purdy of Tulsa was then called upon to respond 
to the welcome address on behalf of the Daughters. Her 
address in part was as.' follows: 

"The moment we stepped from the train in your city 
we felt the hospitality in the air. Your homes and hearts 

were opened to us and there were no keys at all to the 
city. A half century has passed since the colors that bare 
victory have been furled. Only a few remain to tell 
the story and soon there will be none. These noble men 
have built anew from the ashes and no tongue can tell 
the praises that have been sung to their honor nor can 
any man express the full sentiment we owe them for the 
splendid manner in which they returned to those ashes. 
and with an honest heart and perseverance started to 
work again to rebuild the fortunes that had been de- 
stroyed. It is not necessary for me to say how well that 
duty has 1 been performed. Today the South, as the result 
of their activities, knows no superior in the civilized 
world for industries and financial standing and bows t > 
no nation in the superiority of her intellectuality. We 
are thoroughly alive to all this, and we appreciate it 
from the bottom of our hearts. We are here today to 
help in our feeble way to perpetuate the name and fame 
of you wonderful old veterans who have made such a 
wonderful record. We are going to do our best and we 
hope to make today a red letter one in your lives a- 
well as in our own." 

Next on the program was a reading by Miss Eliza- 
beth Jordan. This' was a negro monologue and brought 
down the house. 

Convention was adjourned to 9 A. M. 


Convention was called to order by General Hailey 
;il 9 o'clock. 

Invocation was pronounced by Brother Merman 

Gen. R. B. Coleman read a telegram from the Secre- 
tary of Hon. Chas. D. Carter, stating that the Congress- 
man was ill and would not be able to address the con- 
vention, and conveying his greetings and best wishes to 
the reunion veterans. 





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General Hailey appointed Capt. Dan J. Kendall, 
sergeant at arms for the convention. 

The Girls' String Band rendered some southern airs 
in such a manner as to draw forth several times the 
famous "rebel yell." 

At this point in the program General Hailey ap- 
pointed Colonel Sneed and General Turner a committee 
to wait on the Daughters and escort them to the con- 
vention hall for a joint meeting with the veterans. 

The officers of the Daughters were invited to seats 
on the rostrum. 

General Hailey: "It gives me much pleasure to 
introduce to you the President and officers of the Daugh- 
ters of the Oklahoma Division and to express my delight 
and pleasure for myself and for all the veterans present 
that they have come to visit with us today. J^very veteran 
present feels the beneficient influence and is spurred on to 
a livelier interest in the organization. The Daughters are 
the active workers. If the Sons were half as aggressive 
and gave their organization half the attention that the 
Daughters do we would have no apprehension whatever 
that our history or our cause would suffer when we have 
gone to join our comrades over the river. If they 
came to our reunions as do our Daughters this hall would 
not hold them today. I see some of the Sons present, 
General Glass 1 and General Tate Bradv. I hope they 
will take this lesson home with them. However, I have 
not one particle of criticism to make of either of them 
as I know of my own knowledge that they made every 
effort to increase the interest of the Sons during i the 
past year, held many meetings in various cities of j the 
state and helped Colonel Bruce to organize several new 
camps. j 

"We' have rather a peculiar eoincid*ence today in the 
fact that the Commander of the Veterans of the Okla- 
homa Division and the President of the Daughters' are 
father and daughter. I doubt if this has ever occurred 
before in the history of our organization. I can see that 

she is 1 anxious to talk so I will introduce Mrs. Walcott, of 
Ardmore, President of the Daughters who will address 

Mrs. Walcott: "I feel, as my father has said, too 
full for utterance. I like always 1 to be with you and we 
work with you and for you. We have a decided interest 
in the Home, where we maintain a fund, for the comfort 
of the Veterans there, but we do not allow our efforts 
to stop there, Besides the camps, we make it a point to 
look after individual comrades when they cross our path 
and need our assistance. 

"We are) also looking after children and grand- 
children of the Veterans. We send to the Chickasha 
College for Women one pupil each year. As we grow 
older and stronger we will take care of more. We are 
always' glad to meet with the Veterans, it is an in- 
spiration and it was a happy thought that arranged that 
at each reunion we should have one day on which we 
are to have joint meetings. It accentuates the feeling 
we have all along enjoyed for you and makes your inter- 
ests ever present to us. We hope to meet you all for 
many more years yet. 

"I will not try to monopolize the time as there are 
other to speak, besides we have the ceremony of the pre- 
sentation of flags. I thank you." 

Mrs. S. P. Ross', of Ada, Flag Bearer for the Daugh- 
ters, was introduced and explained the ceremony of pre- 
senting the flags of the various chapters over the state to 
the president of the local chapter. After the explanation 
the roll of chapters was called and as each was called the 
flag bearer from that chapter walked to the rostrum and 
presented her chapter's flag to Mrs. Ross. When this was 
completed Mrs. Ross, in a few happily chosen words pre- 
sented them all to Mrs. Paullin, President of the Durant 
Chapter. As each flag was presented the Veterans de- 
livered the "rebel yell." At the completion the String 
Band played "Dixie" and for a few moments there was 
wild confusion. The local chapter's president in accept- 

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ing the flags, said: "In the name of Julia Jackson 
Chapter we accept these flags as the greatest trophy ever 
received. We accept them with love and the assurance 
that no dust will ever be allowed to collect on them." , 

General Hailey stated that there were several 
Daughters present and he knew they all liked to talk 
and he was in favor of giving them a chance. The first 
victim of the surprise was Mrs. Gill of Atoka. Mrs. 
Gill being introduced said: "Dr. Hailey has taken an 
unfair advantage. He thinks by surprising us in this 
manner that we will fall down like the men do, but we 
will fool him this time. I hardly know what to talk 
about but of course we can always talk about our chap- 
ter. When I came to this country many years ago there 
was no chapter at Atoka and we were not able to get 
sufficient together to have one. I was deeply interested 
and when we failed to get one at Atoka I put my appli- 
cation in at Durant. Later I found that we had sufficient 
material at Atoka for a chapter and we made application 
for one. Later we got our chapter and I became a char- 
ter member of it. From that time on we have had a very 
successful one and always manage to get around to the 
reunions that we love so dearly. I know so many of you 
old veterans that I feel that you are kin folks. Your 
Commissioner of Charities and Corrections married an 
old sweetheart of my father. With such association how 
could I be otherwise than I am? 1 see Brother Tread well 
over there. To me he looks like Uncle. Sam, and I believe 
you will all agree with me when you take a look. Dr. 
Hailey says he looks more like Uncle Ned, but Uncle Ned 
had no hair where the hair ought to grow." (Mrs. Gill 
made a splendid talk.) 

The band then rendered some fine music. 

Mrs t Mike Conlon of Oklahoma City was then called 
on by General Hailey to make a speech. "General Hailey 
delights in taking us by surprise. He thinks because we 
can talk at home we can do just as well when we are 
called upon to address an audience of this kind. We 

will do our best. There is a love of home and country 
which we all feel, but there is a greater love, the love of 
a soldier. We are here today paying our respects and 
love to the soldier. We are here today honoring those 
noble men who fought for our liberties and for our rights' 
who preserved to us our principles in the face of over- 
whelming odds. We are here today in an effort to per- 
petuate the history and memory of those brave men and 
I can name nothing that could give me more -pleasure. 
I see before me many of you who belonged to the Indian 
Territory troops. I was born in the old Indian Territory 
and my father was a member of that body. I am sure 
I could not love anything more than his memory, for 
his loyalty and bravery for the cause of the South, 

"We have a good chapter in Oklahoma City and try 
always to be ready to respond to the call of any old vet- 
eran who may need our assistance. We are always glad 
to do this and are glad at all times to do what we can 
for the comfort of the comrades who are in the Hom.3. 
I am glad indeed of the opportunity to say a few words 
to you. I thank you." 

General Hailey then said that he had another 
Daughter that he knew would be delighted to talk. She 
always did like to talk and believed she always would. 
She had been with the chapters of the old Indian Terri- 
tory and was the first president of the new Oklahoma 
Division of the Daughters. Mrs.. W. T. Culbertson, of 
Kiowa, past president of the Daughters of the Confed- 
eracy in Oklahoma. 

Mrs. Culbertson's remarks were in part: "Dr. 
Hailey thinks a woman can talk on any subject at an/ 
time. We can do it at home but not before an assembly. 

"1 was at the first reunion that was held in Durant 
fifteen years ago, and have never missed one since. My 
father was here during the war as a purveyor of medi- 
cine* in this section and in North Texas. My grandfather 
was a Cherokee. The Cherokees split on the war; some 
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Nation a very hot place during the Civil war. On ac- 
count of the surcharged atmosphere in the old Cherokee 
Nation my father came south to Boggy Depot and was 
with the army in this section throughout the war. You 
know I have loved this organization and I love to come 
and meet with you veterans'. 1 love to go to the Home 
at Ardmore and meet with them there and see how happy 
they are in their declining years. It is one of our great- 
est pleasures to add some to their comfort and make 
them as cheerful as if they were at their own fireside. 
We do everything we can for them and we are just as 
zealous in the attention and care that we show to their 
children. We want them to grow up and be worthy 
successors to their worthy fathers. I could talk to you 
longer but I can s'ee that Dr. Hailey is getting anxious to 
make some other Daughter miserable so will yield the 
floor. I thank you." 

The Girls' String Band rendered "Old Black Joe" 
amidst the shouts of the veterans. 

Mrs. Mabel Anderson, of Pryor, was the next Daugh- 
ter to address the veterans. She said: "I am always 
pleased to meet with the veterans. I have been taught 
to honor Old Glory, but from grandmother's knee was 
taught to revere the Confederate flag. I still feel that 
there is nothing thrills like the old Stars and Bars, As 
a grand niece of General Stand Waitie, I feel that I be- 
long to you and you to me. Many of you know General 
Stand Waitie but maybe many of you do not know him 
well enough. He was a great man and a great general 
and I am proud of the distinction of being a relative of 
his. It is this sort of connection that endears me to 
the veterans and to the cause of the Confederacy. 1 
love all the veterans and always will revere them for 
their bravery and loyalty. I thank you.'' 

Next to address the veterans was Mrs. G. B. Hester, 
affectionately known to the veterans as "Mother" Hester. 
In introducing her General Hailey said: "1 have known 
Mrs. Hester since I was a little boy.* 5 Mrs. Hester said: 

"Dr. Hailey is a privileged character and I will just as"k 
you to consider the source. General Hailey knew my 
husband very well. I am in my 78th. year and I knew 
him when he was a young man directly after the war. 
These services have carried me back. I don't know that 
I have ever been reconstructed. The others fought for 
what they thought was right, but they were not right. 
I am still a Confederate. Many were the soldiers that I 
took into my home and nursed back to health and 
gave them meals and cared for them as I would for my 
own children and many the times have I seen them 
wrapped in their old gray blankets' and laid away with- 
out boxes. I cried and said, 'some poor mother's son laid 
away.' 1 am filled this morning with sad reminiscences. 
I have been taken back to those days and they are now 
a vivid picture to my mind. 1 remember how brave 
and how valiant were our Indian troops and how kind 
and gentle when need be. The Indians in the Choctaw 
Nation were for the south and they had the instincts of 
the southerner. A sick or wounded soldier would find 
sanctuary in the home of an Indian as readily as in the 
home of a white man and the nursing and tender atten- 
tion would be as good and great. Much good have they 
done that will never be known. They were brave and 
they were as tender as they were brave. May you vet- 
erans when you have run the race here below and go to 
that bourne from which no traveller returns, united with 
your comrades and live with them the life everlasting 
that you have so well earned. I thank you." 

Upon the conclusion of the remarks of Mrsi Hester, 
General T. D. Turner came immediately to the front of 
the stage. He was visibly touched and asked that a ris- 
ing vote of thanks and congratulations' be tendered to 
Mrs. Hester. This was done amid much applause. 
General Turner then added: "I am deeply touched by 
the remarks of Mrs. Hester, in fact I can hardly restrain 
the tears that are forcing themselves from my eyes. 
I want to corroborate everything she has said about the 

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Indians. It is true, every word of it, absolutely true. 
I volunteered when I was 15 years old. We came down 
Little River, Pine Bluff and Saline River in 1864, Mar- 
maduke, Cabel and Price thought they could draw forces 
attacking Bragg, from Tennessee to this country. I 
was in the last raid to Missouri at Kansas City. We 
were literally torn to pieces, fifteen thousand against 
sixty-five thousand. We came tattered and torn to this 
section again. At Newton, Missouri, 1 was wounded, 
shot in the leg- I was hauled in an ambulance to this 
country. We crossed the Arkansas River in the most 
demoralized condition any army ever was. 1 was left 
with the Small wood family near Doaksville. They were 
full bloods. . They took me in and kept me for six weeks' 
and during that time I was splendidly taken care of. 
I had as good attention as I would have had anywhere 
with the conveniences. They were great people, good 
and brave and loyal. I know something of Mrs. Hester 
and General Stand Waitie and they were among the 
greatest people of the Civil war. I want to know more 
of Mrs. Hester; I love her people." 

General Hailey: "I knew the Smallwood who Gen- 
eral Turner Speaks of. He was later Governor of the 
Choctaw Nation and made one of the best executives 
the Nation ever had. He was my friend on Sugar Creek. 
In 1868 I taught school there and boarded at his 1 house. 
No more magnanimous 1 man or family ever lived than 

General Hailey suggested that as the veterans and 
the Daughters had been heard from it was now up to 
the Sons to have their say. General Glass, commander of 
ihe Oklahoma Division of the Sons and recently appointed 
Brigadier General for the Trans-Mississippi Department 
( f the Sons, was present and General Hailey called on 
him for a, few remarks. He spoke as follows: 

"Commander, Daughters and Veterans: 1 have 
listened to the speeches made here this morning and I 
am deeply touched. My father wore a uniform like 

yours and like the one I have on. He would be pleased 
and it would do his heart good to be here and see you 
and see me wearing the same uniform that he wore 
during his trials and tribulations. He was? born in Ala- 
bama and so was 1, which is one of the reasons I am so 
. fond of the South, the other is of .course that my whale 
family espoused the cause of the- South, and my father 
and all his folks who were able, fought for the prin- 
ciples that you old Veterans fought for. 

"We, the sons', accept the rebuke that we have not 
done our part. At Birmingham, however, we reported 
sixteen new camps which was more than that of any 
other state. We did considerable work last winter to 
get these new camps organized and 1 feel that we can 
get them to going in a vigorous manner again. 1 am not 
president of the Oklahoma Division of the Sons now, as 
at Birmingham I was appointed Commander of the . 
Trans-Mississ'ippi Department of the Sons, General Tate 
Brady has been working with me in the matter of or- 
ganizing new camps and with his valuable co-operation 
we hope to have a splendid representation at Washing- 
ton when we go there for our next annual reunion. 

"I love Gen, Stonewall Jackson, he has always been 
my ideal as a man and as a general. I have always 
thought that if he had been in charge of the Confederate 
forces they would have gone right on to Washington, 

"The South fought a good war and fought for a 
principle. No principle was ever won by force of arms 1 
and it is for that reason if for -no other, the South was 
never whipped. The cause that she fought for is still 
right' and prevails. 

"I am going to do all I can to increase the interest 
of the Sons. The burden now belongs to them and 
should be lifted from the shoulders of you veterans and 
I am going to do everything in my power to see if 1 
can bring about this happy situation. I know if we all 
show the proper spirit we will not be ashamed when we 
face you at the next reunion and will not be forced to 

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make excuses for not being here in force. I thank you." 
General Tate Brady, of Tulsa, was then introduced. 
He said in part: "There is one day in the year that I 
look forward to, the day of the Annual State Reunion 
of the Veterans, Daughters and Sons. The pleasure, of 
meeting with you once a year I account a great one and 
I am always anxious *to have the date of that meeting. 
1 love to he with you people who have made it possible 
to celebrate an occasion of this kind. Coming as you 
have like the patriarchs and pioneers from the Missis- 
sippi valley, you have, like Mother Hester, built up a 
religious community the equal in fervor of any in the 
eastern states. 1 have enjoyed this joint meeting. This 
is the first time I have ever seen the flag presentation. 
It is one of the most beautiful and impressive cere- 
monies it has ever been my good fortune to behold. It 
is one of the scenes that beggars description. No man 
could be so dull of sensibilities as not to he aroused to 
patriotism by such a sight. 1 am glad I have seen it. I 
will be delighted to tell of it to others who have not had 
the pleasure. The Daughters 1 are to be congratulated 
on their spirit and the origin of such a happy method of 
demonstrating their patriotism. 

"It is not necessary for me to say what is in my 
mind today regarding the veterans present and the men 
who cared for our affairs so ably during the war, it has 
already been too well said for me to attempt to add to it. 
The ability, bravery and patriotism of the leaders of 
our cause may only be compared to the Spartans' of 
old, who esteemed their country and their patriotism 
above life itself. 

"General Hailey has stated to you that Tulsa would 
be in the contest for the next reunion of>.the national 
organization. This is a fact. We are going into Lhe 
race and we are going to win. We have entered the race 
at Jacksonville, Chattanooga and Birmingham, but not 
until we went to .Birmingham did we put up a winning 
fight. There we all but won, the majority against us 

being one lone vote. I think we convinced them there 
that we were able to take care of them in our city and 
am sure we will have the support of the South as well 
as those states' further north and certainly the ones out 
this way. We have made a strong fight and we can see 
no reason why we cannot win out next time. We expect 
to take a very large delegation and will have bands and 
rooters. At Birmingham we had Hon. Hillery A. Her- 
bert, ex-cabinet officer against us and he made such a 
strong personal appeal for Washington that we were fin- 
ally outvoted. However we will have no such handicap 
at Washington. The territory west of the Mississippi is 
entitled to the convention as it has had it but three 
times since the organization. We want to go to Washing- 
ton to invite the veterans to come west and see what 
their children have done, how they have builded. We 
want them to see that we have not been a disappointment 
to them, hut on the contrary have reared monuments that 
will make them proud to call us their own. 

"When Washington was making the race for the com- 
ing convention General Booth of New Orleans said: 
"Gentlemen, are you going to make us 1 and our folks ride 
with and stop at the same hotel as the niggers?" I was 
proud to tell them that nothing of the sort would happen 
if they would come to Oklahoma, that one of the first 
laws we passed after we had emerged into statehood 
was the now famous "Jim Crow'* law which puts the 
nigger where he belongs, in a separate coach when rid- 
ing on the railroad cars, street cars' and otherwise segre- 
gates him so that he need not be a stench in the nos- 
trils of the white people of our community. 

"As I stated in the beginning everything that can 
be said at a convention of this kind has been said and 
there is little for me to say. I did want to tell you 
what Tulsa wanted and what they expected to do to get it 
and I am s'ure we will have the active and cordial co- 
operation of all the Veterans, Daughters and Sons of 

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this great commonwealth. I thank you/' Loud and pro- 
longed, applause. 

General Hailey: "There is still another Son in the 
house and 1 am sure he is most anxious to make a few 
remarks!, Permit we to introduce Gen. William E, 
Hailey, Brigade Commander of the Eastern Oklahoma 
Division. \ 

W< E.) Hailey, made a few remarks along the general 
line followed by the preceding speakers. 

At this, point the Daughters 1 feeling that it was 
necessary to get back to their own duties, thanked the 
veterans for courtesies and retired to resume work in 
their organization. 

Chairman M. G. McDonald, of the Credentials Com- 
mittee submitted his report. The report was accepted 
and time given for further and more complete one. 

General Hailey announced that during the interim 
awaiting reports from committees the assembly would 
be glad, to have short talks from old veterans. 

A request was made that the older veterans be per- 
mitted to occupy the front seats for the reason that an 
impaired hearing prevented them from getting all that 
was being said when they sat back in the auditorium. 
This was done and the talkers were also requested to 
raise their voices just a little so that they could be 
heard without effort. 

Gen. D. J. Kendall, as Sergeant at Arms cleared the 
front rows and made them available for the veterans. 

Several of the veterans made short and interesting 
talks that were very much enjoyed by those present. 

Next on the program was a reading by Miss 1 Mar- 
garet Williams, "Penrod Schofield," from Booth Tar k- 
ington. She handled the difficult situation in masterly 
style and made of Penrod, the hero, and Herman the 
little black boy, real human beings. It was a big hit 
and was followed by tremendous applause. 

Senator Mcintosh, of Bryan County, was then intro- 
duced by General Hailey and made a splendid speech. 

He said in part: "Nothing gives me more pleasure than 
to be with these old veterans today. I have always besn 
with them and lived with them. I love them all and 
love to be around them to catch every word that falls 
from their interesting lips. 1 was born in Mississippi, 
my grandfather died at Vicksburg and three uncles went 
to war with the Confederacy. Every one with us at 
that time was a Southern soldier and we had no sym- 
pathies except for the soldiers of the Confederacy. Of 
the three uncles who went into the service two were 
left on the field of carnage in North and South Caro- 
lina. You can see the reason for my sympathy. What 
they stood for then, 1 stand for now. 

"In 1860 times were getting hot in congress; many 
fire-eaters from the north were making speeches against 
us. They were ranting about our slavery and calling 
as all sorts of names for the practice. However it did 
not s'eem to occur to them they had imported these 
same slaves and sold them to us for our good money. 

' "About that time 'Uncle Tom's Cabin* was brought 
out in the north and had a tremendous run. It Inflamed 
the north against the south and set things at such a 
fever heat that there seemed no way to avoid the trouble. 
In the south we were united and stood together against 
a common enemy. There was one instrument written b/ 
Alexander Hamilton and Patrick Henry that seemed to 
solve the situation for us. That instrument stated that 
each state was entitled to its own government and in 
the event of a disagreement or misunderstanding with 
the United States had a perfect right to withdraw in 
peace. This the Southern people contended was a con- 
stitutional right, but they were denied it. They were 
denied their constitutional rights to withdraw and estab- 
lish a sovereign state of their own. When we assert 
this right the powers of the north began to mobilize 
their armies and gather together their equipment, to 
prevent us from taking this step. We were right then 
as we are right now and always will be right. They 




General Pulliam served as First Lieutenant of 
Company D, 2nd. Texas Mounted Infantry, from early 
in 186.1 to July of 1862. He was then commissioned ti 
raise a company to serve in Peter Hardeman's regi- 
ment, Texas Cavalry, Gano's Brigade. He stayed with 
this command until the end of the war, having in the 
meantime been promoted to the captaincy of his com- 
pany; The greater part of the time since the war 
General Pulliam has lived in Texas and Oklahoma where 
he has been prominent in both civil and official life. 


sent an invading army south. Then it was you veterans 
in gray flew to arms for the protection of your country 
your kindred and your rights and fought the enemy to 
the last ditch. History records no greater battles than 
were fought by the southern armies. We fought as 
long as we had anything to eat. We were not whipped 
hut starved, we never were whipped, are not whipped 
today, but we had to quit fighting because we had noth- 
ing whatever to eat. 

"It is seldom you see speakers who talk as plainly as 
I. I have been raised by confederate soldiers and heard 
their story of trials, struggles, and tribulations from my 
infancy. It is bred in my bones. We fought and bled 
and died and believe me they bled in the north too. 
I am proud of old Mississippi and I am proud of the 
soldiers of the South. I would have been one myself had 
I been old enough. 

"At the last meeting of the legislature, Brother Sam 
Hargis, of Ada, introduced a bill in the House of Repre- 
sentatives to give a pension to the old Confederate vet- 
erans. He consulted me several times. He passed it in 
the House. As chairman of the Judiciary Committee of 
the Senate, when it came to the Senate, I asked that it 
be given to me. There I raised the appropriation three 
times. He thought it would not go but I knew it would 
go and said so, and it did. When the bill passed, Brother 
Hargis stood in front of the speaker's stand and clasped 
the hand of a Union soldier. The Union soldier said, *I 
love you boys and I hope you will get your bill through, 
you deserve it, you fought hard for what you thought was 
right. Bverytime I draw my pension I feel that every 
southern soldier should draw one too.' 

"At our next session when we consider the appro- 
priation for pensions we will have a better idea of the 
number of old soldiers and be in a better position to 
make an adequate amount available, and so far as I 
nm personally concerned there is nothing I would not do 
for you in reason, and there is nothing I have that I 

would not give to you. If I were in Washington I would 
use every effort to get that cotton tax money paid to 
these old veterans. It belongs to them and they ought 
to have it. It ought to be determined now so they can 
use it; a few more years and there will be none of them 
left to enjoy it. If we could have had something to eat 
and something to shoot, there never would have been 
any trouble about this cotton tax, they never could have 
made us quit. When they raided the south they burned 
the mills and the barns. and destroyed practically every- 
thing leaving us penniless. But invincible in war, you 
are just as invincible in peace. Your resurrectifln from 
ashes, your rise in commercial prosperity is ample proof 
that you were not only brave soldiers but Napoleons of 
commerce. Now, fifty years from the end of that war 
the South is the peer of the civilized world in manu- 
factures, industries and finanee|| ■ 

"When they had the Spanish- American war they had 
to take our old friend Joe Wheeler over to Cuba to show 
them how to fight, and veterans let me tell you, he 
sure showed them how. There has been much credit 
passed to prominent men for their part in the Spanish 
American war, but when all the evidence is collected 
and a fair and impartial analysis made, it will be seen 
that our old friend Joe Wheeler saved the day at San 
Juan- on that memorable day when it seemed that our 
brave soldiers were to be backed off that famous hill in 
inglorious defeat. Those who were there gave him the 
credit. Those who were there said that General Wheeler 
headed his troops and said, 'Come on boys, let's g : ve 
those yankees hell,' and I guess in the excitement he was 
carried back to the days when his activities were cen- 
tered against the yankees. 

"We who came from you are as proud as we can be 
of our fatherhood; we are proud of you and it would be 
impossible for us to show you too much honor and 

"In conclusion, the war has gone, peace and prosper. 







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ity have come, you have seen your lands blossom and 
your business prosper. Today we are a united people 
and you can have great pleasure in looking back over 
your wonderful accomplishments. It shows 1 the tremen- 
dous possibilities of a wonderful people." (Prolonged 

Following the address of Senator Mcintosh, adjourn- 
ment was taken to 2 o'clock. 

At 2 o'clock the convention was called to order b/ 
General Hailey. • ; - 

Rev. Edwards, of Durant, pronounced the invoca- 

General Hailey- stated that at this time it was cus*- 
tomary, not only with us but with the national organ- 
ization, to have a memorial service, at which it would 
be the duty and privilege of any veteran to state the 
death of any comrade and make a few appropriate re- 
marks converning him. 

Comrade Treadwell was called to the cha ! .r. 

He said: "Comrades, this occasion brings to. our 
minds the memory of our departed comrades. During the 
past year God has been good and kind to us. While he 
has 1 called some to Him on the other side, there are still 
many of us left here to enjoy the privileges He has 
granted us of meeting together and enjoying ourselves 
and of more strongly cementing the good fellowship *that 
exists among us. While we regret the loss and revere the 
memory of those who have gone before we must not 
be unmindful of those who are still with us. It is our 
duty and our pleasure to minister to their every want and 
to cheer them on their way when one crosses our path. 
The Adjutant General will now read the mortuary list 
for the past year, or since our last reunion. 

Gen. R. B. Coleman read a list of those who had 
passed away since our last annual reunion, (This list 
will appear later in these proceedings). 

There were remarks made by several of the veterans 
and the service was very impressive. At its conclusion, 
Rev. Treadwell vacated the chair in faVor of General 

The following communications were received and 
read to the assembly: 

Rocky, Okla., 
Oct, 2nd, 1916. 
Gen. D. M. Hailey, 

Durant, Okla, 
As I don't feel able to be with you I send you and 
all the old boys best wishes for a good time. Have ex- 
pected Durant to do us southern hospitality and know 
she will. Remember me to all the boys. 

Your comrade, 

J. W. Blanton, 
Headquarters Chickasaw Brigade 
Gen. D. M. Hailey, 

Durant, Okla. . 
It is with profound regret that circumstances and 
conditions, both family and business, are such that I can't 
leave home. But I am with you in sentiment and work, 
making and keeping alive the true history and records of 
Old South. 

H. H. Allen, 

Commander Chickasaw Brigade. 
Col. Jim Tom Storey, 

Durant, Oklahoma. 
Thanks for program. Had intended to be there 
and promised several of the old boys that I would; but 
on account of the State Reunion at Terrill on the 5th., 
the dates conflict and I have to go to Terrill. Present 
my kindest regards to Colonel Sneed and others. 

S. R. Etta. 
Gen. D. M, Hailey, 

Durant, Oklahoma. 
My father! T. B. Hogg, requested me to write you 
that he was confined to his bed and not able to be with 



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Mrs. Huckins was honored with the posit! 3 n of 
Division Sponsor at the Birmingham Reunion of the 
U. C. V, in 1916 and filled the place so acceptably that 
it was not deemed advisable to make a change for ths 
Washington reunion. She was therefore exalted for 
the second time to the highest honor to be given the 
ladies 1 in the organization. 

It is needless to say that she lived up to the high 
standard she created for the position while in Birming- 
ham. At all social functions she made the presence of 
the Oklahomans felt and was always there to see that 
they got full measure of everything that was coming 
to them. The delegation fro mthis state is under obli- 
gations to Mrs. Huckins for untiring efforts in its be- 
half, and took occasion at different times on the trip to 
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you at this reunion. He regrets exceedingly to lbe denied 
this pleasure and asks that you remember hinU warmly 

to all the Old Boys. 

H. B.. Hogg. 

Next matter of business was election of officers'. 

Nominations were asked for to fill the position of 
Commander of the Oklahoma Division for "the ensuing 

Rev. W. A. Treadwell: "I desire to place !«* nomin- 
ation the name of a man you all well know, && always 
stands ready and willing to help the man and t-he organ- 
ization. We love to honor . him because we love him. 
I don't want to make a speech and have not prepared 
one for the occasion, but am talking wholly from the 
heart. I want to place before this convention the name 
of Gen, I>. Mi Hailey to succeed himself as,' Commander 
of the Oklahoma Division of the XL C. V. 

Dr. Wm. D. Matthews takes the floor and asks that 
nominations be closed and General Hailey be (elected by 
acclamation to succeed himself. The vote was asked f.->r 
by standing vote and was unanimous. 

Gen. T. D. Turner and Col. R. A. Sneed were ap- 
pointed to escort General Hailey to the chair.- He was 
raised upon the shoulders of comrades and tlhus borne 
to the v chair. ,. r 

General Hailey made a short talk in accepting the 
honor another year. He said in part: "My comrades, it 
makes tears come to my eyes and a swelling in my 
throat to see a demonstration of this kind in imy behalf. 
I am proud to be the commander of this division. I am 
proud of the society at all times of my old coimrades. 1 
am ready and willing at all times to listen to tlhe sorrow- 
ful tales 1 of one of us and do all in my power to relieve 
the suffering. There is no subject nearer to my heart 
and no cause for which I do more. As your commander 
for another year I can only say that I will follow the 
same course as I have the preceding years, which was 

do everything I could for my comrades and the cause. 
I thank you," 

Election of Brigade Commanders. 

Gen. T. D. Turner, First Brigade, Oklahoma City. 

Gen. T. B. Hogg, Second Brigade, Shawnee. 

Gen. Henry C. Gilliland, Third Brigade, Altus, 

Gen. Thos. D. Bard, Cherokee Brigade, Bushyhead. 

Gen. J. J. McAlester, Choctaw Brigade, North Mc- 

Gen. John R. Pulliam, Chickasaw Brigade, Ardmore. 

Gen, Theo, F. Brewer, Creek and Seminole, Eufaula. 

The above were elected Brigade commanders by the 
representatives from the brigades present at the re- 

Hon. Wm. D. Matthews presented a resolution to 
the effect that this reunion instruct its delegates to the 
Washington General reunion to vote and use its influ- 
ence for Tulsa in her contest for the reunion in 1918. 

The resolution was unanimously adopted. 

Hon. Jim Tom Storey submitted a resolution per- 
taining to the cotton tax that was referred to the Resolu- 
tions committee. 

General Hailey now introduced Hon. J. B. A. Rob- 
ertson, who addressed the veterans. His remarks were 
in part as follows: 

"General Hailey, my old heroes, Sons and Daugh- 
ters, who are here. It gives me great pleasure to be 
here and drink in a little inspiration. No courtier ever 
answered a king's call with more avidity than I respond- 
ed to this invitation, rather not an invitation but a com- 
mand. Whether you believe it or no, I am so moved by 
emotion now, that it is hard for me to proceed. The 
sunrise of life has passed the meridian and the shadows 
are growing longer for you. This is the fate of all. 
I had some other dates, but I said, it is more pleasure 
to be with those old veterans and my veneration for 
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those other dates and come here. We are making his- 
tory here today when our children and our grand chil- 
dren read of these meetings as history, our names will 
be written there, and 1 shall be proud to have my name 
in such association. Of course the main object of 
these meetings' is to perpetuate this history of those brave 
old days, to commune with each other, to weep o'er the 
glories of a day that is gone. This is the primary reason 
for this meeting. There are other reasons, probably the 
greatest reason is keeping patriotism alive and kindling 
a flame in the minds of the youth of the day that will 
stand the country in good stead if the time shall come 
that brave soldiers may he again called for brave deeds. 
"No matter how often you attend these meetings, 
when you go back home you have grown broader; you 
are more tolerant of your brother man by the fellow 
feeling that brings out the best sentiment, you take to 
your fellows and families at home and radiates from you 
to those who were not your comrade. 

"Among you old vets there is no distinction of of- 
fice. A general, a colonel, and captain, a private, all 
are on the same social level and know no difference. 

"You old vets can thoroughly appreciate the present 
condition of Europe, with its millions of slain and crip- 
pled, widows and orphans. You who have been 
through the great war we had in this country can appre- 
ciate what they are going through and what reconstruc- 
tion means' when peace has been finally declared. 

"I have learned from experience that you are able 
to give advice; I know that you are all interested in 
our government; I have never known one who has n:t 
yielded an influence in his sphere. You may be old in 
years but you will still have time to be of much service 
to your country. It was my good fortune to visit Chat- 
tanooga a short time ago. I also visited Chickamauga, 
Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. I was not sat- 
isfied to go in an automobile but got out and walked 
and read names 1 on the monuments. I removed my hat 

because I knew I stood on Holy ground. 1 knew how 
they had fought and stood their ground under that ruth- 
less fire. I reverenced their burial place as I would the 
tomb of a brother. I was deeply touched. I wish every 
young man in America, who has not been a soldier could 
have opportunity to visit these battle fields, in silent 
retrospection and consider the motives and bravery of 
those men who lay buried there. 

"I want to see a reunited country, a country that 
has now become the financial and business center of 
the world. We are bankers for England, Germany and 
all the continental Europe. Such occasions as this is 
what draws the Blue and the Gray closer together. 
When all in this country will be as one glorious united 
fellowship one united country, then you will see the 
greatest country in business and science the world has 
ever known. 

"The old soldiers on both sides, those who wore 
the blue and those who wore the gray, I want to say 
to you because it is true, you have not been given your 
just deserts. The soldier of the North was used as a 
tool politically. But we will have to say that when Mc- 
Kinley was elected president a new era dawned. He 
did more to bring about good feeling between the blue 
and the gray than any other man. He was President 
during the Spanish-American war. Many thought that 
if there should be a war the men of the south would 
not respond. This theory has been preached until it 
seemed really true. But when McKinley called for vol- 
unteers it was the wonder and admiration of the nation 
when Gen. Joe Wheeler and Fitz-Hugh Lee were amng 
the first to respond and Texas the first state to furnish 

"In my room I have pictures of Joe Wheeler, Robert 
E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, and enshrined above them 
all is Stonewall Jackson, than whom there has never 
lived a greater military strategist or soldier. 

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to me once wlien I was in the City of Mexico. I went 
in to breakfast, but as I could speak neither French, 
German or Mexican I was making a very poor out at 
ordering ray meal. An old gentleman sat over close to 
me and evidently perceived my predicament and came 
over. He said, 'I see you are in trouble and possibly I 
can help you out/ He did so by ordering my breakfast 
for me. After breakfast he came around to where 1 was 
and introduced himself as 'Wheeler.' I said, -not old 
Gen. Joe Wheeler?' and he said, 'what is left of him.' 
I was never more delighted. I think he was one of the 
greatest men who ever lived. I would go a long way 
to place a flower on his grave. 

"These reminiscences recall the spirit of those 
times and gives us a reverence for those memories. It 
makes us all brothers. We warm to each other and we 
take in the stranger with us. We appreciate each other 
more as we meet thus together for this purely social 

"General Hailey says I have a Confederate face. 
I'll tell you that is not exactly true. My father was on 
the other side but many Robertsons of Tennessee were 
in the Southern army. 

"1 believe that all you boys should have a pension, 
but the present sum offered is almost an insult. How- 
ever it is a step in the right direction and I hope soon 
an appropriation will be made that will give a respect- 
able stipend, a sum worth while. 

"I want to say to you Veterans, Sons and Daughters, 
that I feel I have been repaid a thousand times for com- 
ing down here. Emotions' fill my breast that are sweet 
and tender and I will carry and treasure as one of my 
choicest memories my trip to the Durant Reunion of 
United Confederate Veterans. I hope you may be spared 
for many years to attend reunions. But when you do 
pass on may your children and your children's children 
honor and cherish your deeds of valor and your mem- 

ories shall stay green for many generations. 1 thank 


Rev. T. F. Brewer: "I have had no opportunity to 
meet with the committee and hence can make no report. 
I hope later we will be able to get together and get an 
interesting, instructive and comprehensive history." 

General Hailey announced that the next order of 
business would be selection of place for holding the next 
annual state meeting. 

On a call for nominations Chickasha was the only 
city to ask for the next reunion. The invitation was 
accepted and Chickasha is to entertain the Veterans, 
Sons and Daughters in 1917 at a date to be later 
agreed upon. 

Miss Lillian Bartlett gave ' a couple of numbers . on 
the pipe organ that were very fine and much appreciated 
by those present. 

Folowing this number, the band played "Dixie," to a 
tumultuous applause. 

Captain F. J. Barrett stated that the credentials 
committee had nothing further to report, and asked that 
they be discharged, which was done. 

. General T, D. Turner, Chairman of the Resolutions 
committee, stated that his committee was ready to re- 
port, and submitted the following: 

"We, your committee on resolutions, respectfully 
recommend that an amalgamation of the TJ. C. Veterans 
be made with the Sons of Veterans, so that when the 
Confederate shall exist only in precious memory, song 
and story, his sons may continue to emulate his virtues, 
defend his memory, and see that history shall speak the 
truth to generations yet unborn." 

Your committee begs to report further; "For the 
second time, we. meet in this beautiful southern city, as 
the invited guests of a people who hold dear to their 
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warm, and most cordial, and our wants supplied ■ in a 
free, generous, and hospitable manner. We have been 
greeted on every hand with a welcome and hearty hand- 
shake, most pleasant and gratifying to us, and in the 
future, should Durant extend to us a third invitation to 
meet and mingle with this goodly people, we notify them 
now, we shall accept with thanks. 

"To that noble organization of southern woman- 
hood, known as Julia Jackson Chapter, United Daughters 
of the Confederacy, in this city, its president, and each 
member thereof, we desire to say, you have placed every 
visiting veteran, daughter and son, under many and 
lasting obligations, for the kind and gentle courtesy ex- 
tended them while your guests. Each and every one of 
us will love you with a heart full of love for you and 
yours, and the work you are doing for a cause so dear t > 
©very southern patriot her©. 

"To N. B. Forrest Camp, No. 1166, U. C. V., and 
its membership, we desire to extend the thanks of every 
visitor within your gates; 

"To Governor Williams, Senator Mcintosh, Jud^e 
Roberts'on, and other speakers, who did so much to con- 
tribute to our pleasure and entertainment, we also extend 

"To the press of the city, and to the young people, 
who dispensed the beautiful music, we are thankful. 

"To the good people of the Methodist Church, who 
so generously gave us the use of their house of wor- 
ship, in which we have held our convention, we also wish 
to tender our thanks. 

We beg further to submit the following resolution: 

"Whereas, during the years from 1863 to 186 8, in- 
clusive, there was collected by the Federal government 
from the people of the Southern States, something over 
$68,000,000.00, a tax placed on the cotton produced dur- 
ing that time, in the southern states, and 

"Whereas, several years after, the collection of said 
sum of $68,000,000.00 as a tax levied upon the cotton 

produced in said southern states', for said period, the 
supreme court of the United States rendered a decision 
declaring in effect the levying and collection of said tax 
to be unconstitutional. 

Confederate Veterans of the State of Oklahoma in con- 
vention assembled, on this, the 5th day of October, 1916, 
most respectfully recommend and declare, both of our 
senators, and all of our representatives, in congress 1 , fr.m 
the State of Oklahoma, to use all honorable means to 
pass a law returning said sum unlawfully collected from 
said southern states, as their interest in said sum may 

"We beg to report further, realizing the fact that 
our numbers 1 are growing smaller, year by year, thereby 
removing from our midst many of our active workers, it 
has been suggested that it might be best for the good 
of our order to reduce by consolidation, the number of 
brigades in this division. 

"Therefore, we recommend, that the commanders 
be requested to appoint a committee of seven, one from 
each brigade, who will report, at our next annual re- 
union, in 1917, .the advisability of reducing by consolida- 
tion, the number of brigades in this division, to the 
end that we may- make our state organization more com- 

"We further recommend, that whereas 1 , the Chero- 
kee Nation, through General Albert Pike, made a treaty 
with the Confederate Government, by which they be- 
came a part thereof, and said nation was duly represent-' 
ed in the Confederate Congress, and whereas the Chero- 
kee Nation, under their great leader, General Stand 
Waitie, sent an army of two thousand men to assist 
the Confederacy, and whereas, when the Confederate 
Cherokees returned to their homes, which had been 
desolated by war, when the whole nation lay helpless, 
they were forced, against their solemn treaty, to divide 
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deeds called for said lands, as long as grass grows and 
water runs. 

"Be it resolved by the Confederate State Convention, 
in assembly at Durant, Oklahoma, this the 5th, day of 
October, 1916, that we memoralize the congress of the 
United States, through our Senators and Representatives, 
to right this injustice done a part of the citizenship 
of this state. Amended, so as to include the Choctaws, 
Chickasaws, Creeks, and Semlnoles. 

"T. D. Turner, Chairman. 

"R. A. Sneed, 

"Thomas F. Bard, 

"John R. Pulliam, 

"J, R. Allen, 


The report of the resolutions committee was adopted 
by a rising vote, after which the veterans and others 
present stood and sang the hymn, "God Be With You 
Till We Meet Again." 

Reverend T. F. Brewer announced the benediction, 
and the convention was adjourned, and the veterans 
formed in front of the church for the parade. Doctor 
Wm. D. Matthews, as Marshal of the Parade, placed a 
large number of veterans in waiting automobiles, and 
the younger ones formed by twos, and followed after 
the parading automobiles. The Daughters, headed by a 
large Confederate flag, followed the veterans 1 , and 
last in line, were the Sons of Veterans, The procession 
passed down from Church street to Main street, and 
paraded down the entire length of this street. The side- 
walks were lined with townspeople and visitors, who 
cheered lustily for the veterans as they passed in re- 
view. The hilarity of the occasion was frequently added 
to by the famous rebel yell of the veterans. At the At- 
wood Hotel, the parade halted, and the veterans broke 
ranks, as the last function of the 1916 State Confederate 
Reunion at Durant. 


The Veterans, Sons, and Daughters, as well as other 
visitors, were loud in their praise of Durante hospitality. 

The committees on arrangements were entitled to 
and did receive the unstinted praise of the veterans. 
Never before have the arrangements been so satisfactory. 
The sleeping apartments were just across the street 
from the mess hall and the Methodist church, where the 
convention was held, only one block away. This was 
particularly pleasing, as they were never at any time 
more than a block away from headquarters. With their 
advancing years, they appreciated the many steps' they 
were saved by this arrangement. 

Another matter for commendation was the quality 
as well as the quantity of the mess, no hotel had a better 
spread than the veterans. 

Much of the credit for this splendid condition was 
due to the wise and untiring efforts of Charles Abbott, 

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This reunion was the second to be held in Durant, 
and the veterans were so impressed that they expressed 
themselves as perfectly willing to return whenever the 
invitation is extended. 

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The real social function of the occasion was the ball 
at the Elks' club. The lodge and club rooms were 
beautifully decorated and Durant's elite turned out in 
numbers &o great as to tax the capacity of the hall. 

At the beginning of the evening the young men 
deferred to the veterans. Old Virginia Reel to the tune- 
ful "Turkey in the Straw'' tempted the veterans to the 
floor with their partners and for the first hour or so 
monopolized the dancing. However, as their enthusiasm 
began to wane, they gave way to the younger set. 
Different music and different steps engaged the Sons, 
Daughters, and visitors until the night was far spent. 




Mrs, Bertha F. Scott Armstrong was born in Cu-th- 
bert, Georgia, on March 23rd., 1873, the daughter of 
John R. Scott, who served in Company E, 31st. Georgia 
Regiment, under Gen. John B. Gordon's command, Gen. 
Jubal Early's Division, Stonewall Jackson's Corps and 
Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Virginia. 

He served in the Civil War three years and was 
honorably discharged. 

Mrs. Armstrong was appointed Matron of Honor 
for the First Brigade of the Oklahoma Division, to the 
General Reunion at Washington. Due to the absence 
of Mrs. T. Dudley Turner, Mrs. Armstrong received the 
further appointment of Matron of Honor to the Okla- 
homa Division U. C. V. The duties of this position she 
filled admirably and was a decided asset to the Okla- 
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-The event will linger long in the memory of tho&'e pres- 

Some of the old veterans who had never missed 
before were absent. Notably General Sam Hargis, of 
Ada. He sent a letter expressing his great disappoint- 
ment, but assuring the veterans that "When Old Gabriel 
toots his horn I will answer that call as an old Confed- 
erate Veteran." 

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Another veteran who heretofore has missed few 
reunions failed to answer roll call at Durant, General 
J\ W. Blanton. He wrote the following letter: 

Rocky, Okla., Oct. 2, 1916. 
General D. M. Hailey, 

Durant, Oklahoma. 
Dear General: 

As I don't feel able to be with you, thought I would 
write you, wishing you and all the old boys a great 
time. I have looked forward to this time to b3 with 
you at Durant, for I have expected Durant to do us real 
well. I hope you all will have a good time. Remember 
me to all the old boys. Your comrade, 

J. W. Blanton. 

A keen disappointment^ to the veterans was the 
inability of Congressman Charlie Carter to be present, 
and address them. The following telegram from his 
secretary explained his failure. 

Washington, D. C. 
J. V. Conwell, 

Durant, Oklahoma. 
Mr. Carter will be unable to address Confederate 
Veterans at Durant October 5 th, since he is confined to 
his home with iritis. He is much improved and expects 
to be out within a few days. Kindly express his sincere 
regrets to the veterans. 

N. C. Barrett, Secretary to C. D. Carter. 

The following letter created much interest among 
the veterans: 

Edmond, Okla., Oct. 2, 1916. 
Gen. D. M. Hailey, 

Durant, Oklahoma. 
My Dear Mr, Hailey: 

The Central State Normal Historical Society remem- 
bers your kindness in sending the reports of the United 
Confederate Veterans of Oklahoma, to be filed in our 
historical museum. Now that our museum is a fireproof 
building, the Historical Society requests that the Confed- 
erate Veterans of Oklahoma designate the museum of 
the Central State Normal Historical Society, Edmond, 
Oklahoma, as a repository for their records' and historical 
relics. Not only do we have secure glass cases and vaults 
for the safekeeping of such records, but the society shall 
consider it a sacred duty to preserve the records for the 
students' and citizens of the future. Our Historical So- 
ciety joins with the Sons and Daughters of the Confed- 
eracy of Edmond in hoping that the next reunion of the 
veterans may be in this city. 

With many thanks for your kind assistance, I am, 
Very truly yours, 

Lucy J. Hampton, Pres. 

Several speeches were made for and against, but the 
final vote resulted in a resolution of thanks to the 
society and regrets 1 that the invitation could not be ac- 
cepted. The argument against it was strong. Governor 
Williams in his address to the veterans had stated that 
a room had been specially constructed for the Confed- 
erate Veterans. It was to be their meeting place, and 
to house their relics and records. With this room located 
at the Capitol and in the Capitol, it seemed the fit 
place for the s'acred things of the cause, and it was 
therefore voted to accept the room at the Capitol. The 
Adjutant General was instructed to write a letter of 
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There was a time during the convention that it 
seemed everyone was to be in tears. Mrs. G. B. Hester, 
of Muskogee, affectionately known to all the veterans 
as '.'Mother Hester" was telling of .the sterling qualities 
of the Indians during the war. They never had proper 
notice or credit for their part in the war. She told 
how valiantly they fought and how careful and tender 
were the Indian women in caring" for the wounded sol- 
diers. She said there was no historian to exploit their 
part in the great war, but had this been, they would 
have shown as resplendently as any community of white 
people in the entire south. "When she had concluded, 
General T. D. Turner rushed to the rostrum and with 
tears in his eyes said, "EVery word this good woman 
says is absolutely true. I. know what I'm talking about, 
because a good Indian family saved my life. 1 was 
wounded in the Battle of Wilson Creek, and was hauled 
in a wagon down through the Indian Territory. When I 
reached Od Doaksville, my wound became infected and 
looked like I could not, possibly live. I was taken in 
by an Indian family named Smallwood. They nursed 
me as tenderly as good people could and gave me every 
attention they could have given a member of their own 
family. After a long and tedious illness I recovered and 
returned home. But to this day I harbor a feeling of 
the deepest affection and gratitude for this good In- 
dian family and join heartily with Mother Hester in say- 
ing that the Indians have not had the credit due them," 

The Daughters 1 were in a larger attendance at 
Durant than usual. Colonel Sneed spent a large part of 
one morning watching their proceedings. In a talk 
later before the convention he remarked how impressed 
he was with their business-like methods. He said if the 
Sons were half as earnest in their efforts they would 
have one of the greatest organizations in the South, 

Gen. Thos. D. Bard, Commander of the Cherokee 

Brigade was the author of a resolution that was adopted 
without argument. It was as follows: 

"WHEREAS there have been twenty-seven National 
Reunions held since the organization of the United 
Confederate Veterans and only three of these reunions 
have been held in cities west of the Mississippi River; 

"WHEREAS one third of the Confederate soldiers 
today are residents of that section, of the country west 
of the river, 

"BE IT RESOLVED That the Okahoma Division 
now assembled at Durant, instruct its delegates to the 
National Reunion at Washington in June, 1917, to vote 
and use their influence to secure the 1918 reunion at 
Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

"Unanimously adopted. 

(Signed) "Wm. D. Matthews, 
"Thos. D. Bard." 

In line with the above Tulsa has entered the field a 
strong favorite for the 1918 reunion. A special train 
will take* the Oklahoma Division to Washington and 
the band and Tulsa boosters in charge of Gen. Tate Brady 
and Gen. Merritt A, Glass will make a campaign, the 
likes of which has never been seen in the Capital City 
Practically the palm has been conceded to Tulsa. 


The following appointments have been made by the 
Brigade Commanders: 

First Brigade. 

Adjutant General, J. K. LaRue, Oklahoma City. 

Assistant Adjutant General, Brant H. Kirk, Okla- 
homa City. 

Assistant Adjutant General, F. R. Matthews, Raton, 
New Mexico. 

Quartermaster General, J. H, Shields, Wichita, 




Assistant Quartermaster General, Houghton, Okla- 
homa City. 

Commissary General, Maurice, Guthrie. 

Assistant Commissary General, J. W. Harris, Ard- 

more. , 

Paymaster General, J. P. Allen, Oklahoma City, 

Surgeon General, J. G. Street, Oklahoma City. 

Assistant Surgeon General, Dr. Geo. McLean, Okla- 
homa City. 

Judge Advocate, Jarrett Todd, Oklahoma City. 

Historian, Jno. O. Gassier, Ardmore. 

Chaplain, Root. K Ownby, Oklahoma City. 
T. D. Turner, Brigadier-General, 

Commander First Brigade. 

Second Brigade. 
Adjutant General, Dr., J. A. Walker. 
Assis/tant Adjutant General, L. Humphreys. 
Quartermaster General, John W. Jones. 
Assistant Quartermaster General, S. C. Vinson. 
Commissary General, John G. Rowland. 
Assistant Commissary General, T. B. Hogg. 
Paymaster General, J. S. Lambard. 
Surgeon General, Dr. GI S. Baxter. 
Assistant Surgeon General, Dr. R. U. Anderson. 
Judge Advocate General, C. E. Easterwood. 
Assistant Judge Advocate General, Wm. Wood. 
Historian, H. H. Smith. 
Chaplain, Wade Hampton Boggs. 

T. B. Hogg, Brigadier-General, 

Commander Second Brigade. 

Third Brigade. 

Adjutant General, T. W. Johnson, Hollis. 
Quartermaster General, J. J. Burgess, Mangum. 
Commissary General, M. G. Hardin, Altus. 
Paymaster General, J. N. Kimberlin, Altus. 
Surgeon General, C. C. Spears, Altus. 

Judge Advocate General, J. D. Baker, Altus*. 
Historian, Thomas Baird, Headrick. 
Chaplain, McKnight, Hollis. ^: 

Henry C. Gilliland, Brigadier-General,"" 
Commander Third Brigade. 

Cherokee Brigade. 

Adjutant General, P. J. Barrett, Vinita. 
Assistant Adjutant General, J. R. Acuff, Sallisaw. 
Assistant Adjutant General, E. R. Lewis, Tulsa. 
Quartermaster General, Alexander Lewis, Dawson. 
Assistant Quartermaster General, M. J. Glas<s, Tulsa. 
Assistant Quartermaster General, Tate Brady, Tulsa. 
Commissary General, S. H. Robinson, Claremore. 
Assistant Commissary General, Arthur Bobbins, 

Surgeon General, T. H. Tinsley, Foyil. 

Assistant Surgean General, W. A. Howard, Chelsea. 

Historian, R. W. Lindsey, Choteau. 

Assistant Historian, Emmett Starr, Tahlequah. 

Chief of Ordnance, S. H. Hayes, Pryor. 

Assistant Chief of Ordnance, W. J. Strange, Chelsea. 

Sponsor, Miss 1 Rachel Odair, Claremore. 

Chaperon, Mrs. N. B. Dan^enburg, Chelsea. 

Thomas D. Bard, Brigadier-General, 

Commander of Cherokee Brigade. 

Chickasaw Brigade. 

Adjutant General, Henry Sutherland, Ardmore. 
Quartermaster General, W. T. Simmons, Ardmore. 
Commissary General, Jack Hale, Chickasha. 
Inspector General, W. R. Wood, Ardmore. 
Chaplain, Dr. J. F. Young, Ardmore. 
Judge Advocate General, J. M. Hoard, Ardmore. 
Surgeon General, Dr. W. L. Kilpatrick, Ardmore. 
Historian, John F. Easley, Ardmore. 

John R. Pulliam, Brigedier-General, 

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Creek and Seminole Brigade. 

Adjutant General, John F. Brown. 
Assistant Adjutant General, N. F. Hancock. 
Quartermaster General, Wm. McCombs. 
Assistant Quartermaster General, John Ho man. 
Commissary General, Walter A. Agnew. 
Assistant Comissary General, Cheese Harris. 
Paymaster General, Chas. Gibson, 
Surgeon General, S, R. Bates. 
Assistant Surgeon General, W. A. Tollerson. 
Judge Advocate General, G. W. Grayson. 
Assistant Judge Advocate, Johnson Tiger. . 
Historian, G. W. Grayson, Jr. 
Chaplain, Motie Tiger. 
Sponsor, Miss Vinie Grayson.. 
Chaperon, Mrs. Sam Grayson. 

Theo. F. Brewer, Brigadier-General, 

Commander Creek and Seminole Brigade. 

Choctaw Brigade. 

Adjutant General, M. G. McDonald, McAlester. 

Assistant Adjutant General, W. J. Kindrick, Mc- 

Quartermaster General, L. S. Byrd, Stigler. 

Assistant Quartermaster General, Duke Frederick, 
Stigler. , 

Commissary General, V. M. Locke, Antlers. 

Assistant Commissary General, Bert C. Ratliff, Mc- 

Surgeon General, A. J. Harris, McAlester. 

Assistant Surgeon-General, W. C. Graves, McAlester. 

Judge Advocate General, A. S. McKennon, McAlester. 
• Assistant Judge Advocate General, Joseph E. John- 
son, McAlester. 

Chief of Ordnance, Beriah Magoffin,, McAlester. 

Chaplain, W. A. Treadwell, McAlester. 

J. J. McAlester, Brigadier-Genaral, 

Commander Choctaw Brigade. 


Convention called to order by Gen. Merritt A. Glass, 
Commander of the Trans-Mississippi Department Sons of 
Veterans, in the absence of the state commander. 

Camps represented were Tulsa, McAlester, Atoka, 
and Oklahoma City. 

Credentials Committee appointed and reported. 

All other regular husiness of the Convention having 
been attended to, nominations for offices for ensuing 
year were declared in order. 

General Brant Kirk in a few well-chosen words 
nominated General Tate Brady of Tufea, for State Com- 

On motion nominations were closed and General 
Brady elected by acclamation. 

General Brady addressed the Convention, expressing 
his appreciation of the honor conferred upon him and 
assured those present that he would make every prac- 
ticable effort to revive interest among the Sons and 
enable them to have a large delegation at Washington 
and our next State Reunion. 

General Brant Kirk was appointed Adjutant Gen- 
eral and Chief of Staff and B. F. Rogers and "W. E. 
Hailey, Division Commanders. 

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General Kirk moved that Division Commander be 
empowered to redistrict the state with brigades in man- 
ner and quantity in his discretion. General Rogers sec- 
onded the motion, which was put and prevailed. 

General Glass addressed the convention favoring an 
amalgamation of the Sons with the Confederate Veterans. 
There was a unanimous sentiment favoring it and upon 
motion by General Glass and second by General Kirk, 
the resolution was adopted. 

General Kirk submitted the following resolution: 
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Veterans actively cooperate with the Confederate Vet- 
erans* in an effort to secure the General Convention of 
the U. C. V. for 1918 at Tulsa." The motion to adopt by 
General Kirk received a second from General Glass and 
was unanimously accepted. 

In the absence of a report from the State Com- 
mander, a few remarks on the progress of the Sons of 
Veterans were made by General Tate Brady. Among 
other things he stated that during the year he and Gen- 
eral Glass had visited every camp in the state and as a 
result of their efforts were glad to be able to report 
sixteen new chapters. That all camps were showing a 
renewed interest and there was promise of a largely in- 
creased delegation to the General Convention in Wash- 

General Glass asked the adoption of the following 
resolution: "That a monument be erected to the Moth- 
ers and Daughters of the Southland, commemorating 
their bravery, trials, tribulations and sufferings during 
the trying time when their fathers 1 , sons and brothers 
were at the front valiantly striving for what they thought 
was right and justice, this monument to be erected at a 
cost of not less than $25,000.00. General Rogers sup- 
plied a second to General Glass* motion and the resolu- 
tion unanimously prevailed. 

General W. E. Hailey moved the selection of Miss 
P.w Brady, of Tulsa, for Division Sponsor, for the S-ns 
f Veterans at the Washington Reunion. General Kirk 
in seconding the motion made a few remarks in which 
re said it was the part of wisdom to be well represented 
in this department and he was of the opinion that the 
selection could not be improved upon. Motion carried 

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Resolutions were submitted and adopted thanking 

the good citizens of Durant for their consideration and 
generous 1 hospitality. 

Resolution adopted fixing the same date and place 
for holding the next State Reunion, "as that selected by 
the United Confederate Veterans. 

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Motion to adjourn to meet in 1917 at Chickasha; 

General Headquarers 
Memphis, Teniw, June 1st, 1916.. 

Sons of Confederate Veterans, the history of the 
struggle of 1861 — 1865 will bear the closest scrutiny into 
its deepest depths without disclosing a single blot upon 
its pages. Each only adds luster to a fame that has no 
equal. We, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, have a 
sacred duty to perform. In having only a true history of 
our heroes taught in the schools of our country; besides, 
it should be worth a privilege and a pleasure to per- 
petuate these acts in memorial of stone and to see as 
far as possible that not a single one of our grand old 
warriors shall ever want for the necessities of life. 
Therefore, realizing the great responsibility which has 1 
been placed upon me as your Commander in Chief, and 
knowing that without your sincere cooperation my ad- 
ministration as your executive head will prove a failure, 
1 do hereby appoint the following comrades as members 
of my staff, having confidence in their patriotism and 
loyalty to duty and fidelity to the trust that has been 
placed in their hands. 

The following appointments' are made to rank from 
June 1st, 1916: 



Inspector in Chief, Gen. W. C. Gorgas, Washington, 
D. C. 

Quartermaster in Chief, Samuel W. Harrison, Roa- 
noke, Va. 

Commissary in Chief, Creed Caldwell, Pine Bluff, 

Judge Advocate in Chief, B. P. Harrison, Gulfport, 

Surgeon in Chief, Dr. A. M. Brailsford, Muliins, 
South Carolina. 

Chaplain in Chief, Rev. J. G. Glass, Ocala, Fla. 

Historian in Chief, Dr. T. M. Owen, Montgomery, 

(Assistants in Chief were made for each state, the 
following for Oklahoma:) 

Assistant Adjutant in Chief, W. C. Parmer, Tulsa. 

Assistant Inspector in Chief, T. H. Powers, Tulsa. 

Assistant Quartermaster in Chief, Dennis B. Keys, 

Assistant Commissaries in Chief, Edward Gait, Ard- 

Assistant Judge Advocate in Chief, Emmett N. Ellis, 

Assistant Surgeon in Chief, Dr. A. W. Herron, 

Assistant Chaplain in Chief, Rev. J. P. Parks 1 , Tahle- 

The following committee assignments were made: 

Monument Committee — W. C. Lewis, Poteau. 

Finance Committee — J. E. Johnson, McAlester. 

Relief Committee — H. G. Turner, Checotah. 

Historical Committee — W. V. Pryor, Sapulpa. 

Resolutions Committee — Wash Grayson, Eufaula. 

The duty of perpetuating the record of the Confed- 
erate Soldier and Sailor has devolved upon our organ- 
ization, and every loyal son should be willing to do his 
share in this 1 patriotic work. Your Commander-in-Chief 
is profoundly grateful for the honor conferred upon 

him, and he assures you that if you will cooperate with 
him, you will never have cause to regret your action. 

By order of ERNEST G. BALDWIN, 

Official Commander-in-Chief, 

N. B. Forrest, Adjutant in Chief and Chief of Staff. 


When Guizon Borglum has completed his work of 
converting Stone mountain into a gigantic monument to 
the southern cause, he will have conceived and executed 
a most stupendous piece of artistic work. There will be 
nothing to compare with it either in this hemisphere or 
the old. 

The Stone mountain monument will consist of sev- 
eral hundred figures carved on the steep side of the 
mountain to represent the Confederate army. In the 
foreground will be Confederate generals, represented in 
figures fifty feet or more high, with Lee and Jackson 
shown on horseback, just as they have been sketched by 

The faces of the two principal figures, namely, Lee 
and Jackson will be at least five feet long, and the two 
figures together will be of greater size than the statue 
of Liberty in New York. Infantry, cavalry and artillery 
will be carved in line of march, scores and hundreds of 
them, until it will seem as if the Confederate forces 
were reproduced there in stone. 

Some of the figures will be chiseled to a depth of 
eight feet or more. The perpendicular height of the 
mountain is 787 feet and the army in stone will be 
carved at a point about four hundred feet above the 
ground. The biggest of the pyramids is only 151 feet 
high, the Sphinx 65 feet, the Washington monument 
555 feet and the Statue of Liberty 112. 

The construction on the Stone mountain monument 
has begun. The steep side has been cleared of loose 
stones and a survey and relief map made of the face. 
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keep away meddlesome persons and steps have been 
constructed down the side to where the monument will 
be carved. 

Seventeen thousand feet of lumber, which will be 
used in building these steps, has been hauled up the 
mountain by oxen. The steps will be built in sections 
that vary as the descent becomes steeper. The first 
flight will be 100 feet, the second and third, fifty feet 
the fourth forty feet, the others 30. Each flight will 
end in a platform, and there will be eleven such flights 
in all, 

. rtrt W here the s * e P s fin any terminate, at a distance of 
400 feet above the ground, an immense platform will 
be built strong enough to support heavy machinery. 
There the workers will make their base and there they 
will begin the caving of the monument. 

From this platform a cable car will be swung, by 
winch the workmen can reach any point thev desire. 
All the figures in the monument will be carved from this 

The first task is to build the steps and cover them 
with wire netting, so that no one can possibly fall over 
the side. That is being done now. Secondly, the base 
will be established at the bottom of the steps, 400 feet 
frcm the ground. Thirdly, Guizon Borglum, the sculptor 
to whom the south is indebted for the idea of the Stone 
mountain memorial, will paint the figures on the moun- 
tainside, just where they are to be carved. Finally the 
stone cutter^ working from the cable car, will carve the 
figures, to which Mr. Borglum will give the finishing 
touches. & 


Richmond, Va., A. P.— Richmond, the capital of the 
Confederacy and rich In traditions of the old cavalier 
days, yesterdav gave a warm welcome to the British 
War Commission which came from Washington to pay 
its respects and courtesies to the South and honor the 

Confederacy's famous leaders, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall 
Jackson and General Stuart, uncle of the present gover- 

The mission was received by a salute of nineteen 
guns escorted by the Virginia Military Institute 
cadets through cheering crowds, and was applauded wild- 
ly at a packed mass meeting at the Auditoriiim where 
Foreign Secretary Balfour said the landing of American 
troops in France would be a moment memorable in his- 

On the way here Mr. Balfour, in the first address 
he ever made from the rear end of a train, told a crowd 
at Fredericksburg that he feared he had failed utterly to 
express his deep emotions at the reception given * the 
mission by the South. 

Lieutenant General Bridges placed wreaths on the 
statues' of Generals Lee and Stuart here and delivered an 
address on the lessons of character, leadership and en- 
durance taught by these men. 

Mr Balfour, addressing the mass meeting at the 
Auditorium said he rejoiced to think that the American 
Navy is working hand in hand with those on the other 
side defending freedom and humanity. "Now we read 
of your government's decision to send troops to France '• 
he continued. "Out of the manhood of America there 
will flow, 1 am convinced the best fighting material in 
the world, and the only limit to that flow will be the 
limit imposed by the material first of transport and 
equipment. The United States has greater resources for 
modern warfare than any other nation in the world. I 
do not refer to numbers alone. I refer rather to that 
courage, resolution, inventiveness, which alone make 
numbers efficient. 


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afternoon pass the Federal and City. Jail, observe a sweet 
faced old woman, a Bible under her arm, laboriously 
climbing the big stone stairs. Few of them guess her 
identity and fewer still know her mission. 

She is Mrs. G. B. Hester, known from coast to 
coast, and mother of the wife of Senator Robert L. 
Owen. Nearly every Sunday afternoon, while the city 
enjoys Itself in the parks and over its motor drives, Mrs. 
Hester takes her Bible and walks to the city jail to 
preach the gospel of God to the men who have fallen by 
the wayside. 

It is a strange sight to see her talking, heart to 
heart, with these men, grouped silently in devout ad- 
miration about her. Some of them are bank robbers, 
some are murderers, many are bootleggers, but to Mrs. 
Hester all are "brothers." 

Chief of Police, Joe Deuew, baa said that the good 
Mrs. Hester has done among his prisoners will never 
be known. She comes to them as an angel of mercy, 
the chief said, not to upbraid them for their sins, but 
to talk to them of kindness and love and to hold out to 
them a hope of the future. Many a man has gone forth 
a better citizen because of her. 

Preaching the word of Christianity has been Mrs. 
Hester's life work. The prominence that has* come to 
her and her famous son-in-law has not deterred her in 
her task. Over sixty years ago, Mrs. Hester, then a 
slip of a girl, came to the Indian Territory as a mission- 
ary of the Southern Methodist church. This was a wild 
country then inhabited almost altogether by Indians, 
but Mrs 1 . Hester, true to her traditions, did not flinch 
when she received the call. Cheerfully she accepted 
her assignment to teach in the Chickasaw sch-ols at 
Tishomingo, then the capital of the Choctaw Nation. 

To her friendB now, she speaks lightly of the jour- 
ney from her home in Georgia to the Indian Territory, 
but it was a trip that would have tried the courage of 
the most hardened pioneer. There were no railways 

then. Only Indian trails 1 marked the way through the 
trackless forests and prairies. The ox team behind which 
she rode crept through the bogs and timber, the crude 
steamboats frequently became stranded and the stage 
coaches were attacked by bandits and wild beasts. At 
last in 1857 she arrived at the city of "Ringing Bells" 
the translation of the Indian name Ti&homingo. 

Here, in a wild country, strangely new to her, she 
began her work of teaching to a race whose tongue 
she could not even understand. For four years she 
traveled from mission school to mission school, spread- 
ing the gospel; then the outbreak of the war between 
the states forced the closing of the schools. Throughout 
the turbulent years of the war, Mrs. Hester went cheer- 
fully about her Christian task and she kept alive her Sun- 
day schools during the entire period of the struggle. 

In speaking of her early experience among the In- 
dians, Mrs. Hester said: "Conditions at that time were, 
in many instances', alarming and rather deranged. Witch- 
craft and superstition were very prevalent in some 
places often resulting in the death of the person accused 
of being the witch." 

It was at Tishomingo that she met her husband, 
Capt* G. B. Hester, of Granville, N. C, a gentleman of 
the old Jeffersonian school. Captain Hester conducted 
a mercantile establishment at Ti&'liomingo, and joined 
with a ready heart, in his wife's work of ministering to 
the Indians who came to trade with him. It is still told 
among the Chickasaws that Captain Hester, through his 
honesty and upright dealing with the Indians, was among 
the first to teach them that the white man could be 

Shortly after the outbreak of the war Captain and 
Mrs. Hester moved to Boggy Depot. There they spent 
most of the thirty-five years of their married life. Cap- 
tain Hester died twenty years ago. It was at Boggy 
Depot that their children were born. Only one of them 
is living today, Mrs. Robert L. Owen, declared to be 

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Captain McKennon is one,of the oldest in service and 
most active in the Jeff-Lee Camp U. C. V, He has served 
as commander of the camp and his good counsel has been 
sought and contributed on many occasions'. 

On the recent trip to Washington he was of inval- 
uable assistance to the Veterans and Daughters because 
of his long and honorable career in the Halls of Congress, 
He had access' and warm acquaintance in all the depart- 
ments as well as in Congress and if one was introduced 
or vouched for by Capt. McKennon he was fortunate 
indeed. The Oklahoma delegation owed many favors 
and courtesies to his good graces. 



Comrade Treadwell has been one of the most faith- 
ful and consistent members of our local and state or- 
ganizations. Always present at the monthly meet'nga of 
the local camp he is equally punctual at the State Re- 
unions and at the General Reunions. It has reached 
the stage now where a reunion, local state or national, 
would seem incomplete without his* cheerful presence. 
At these meetings he can be relied upon at all times to 
fill any emergency from commander to chaplain and exalt 
any position to which he may be appointed. 

among the moat beautiful women of diplomatic Washing- 

Captain Hester gained his title fighting under the 
Stars and Bars of the lost cause. Although his daughter 
today is a true and loyal American she retains an active 
membership in the Daughters of the Confederacy. 

On every side Mrs. Hester's life has been fraught 
with romance. It was while conducting a religious meet- 
ing a few years after she came to the Indian Territory 
that she found her long lost baby sister, Lucinda, stolen 
from home while In her infancy by relatives that she 
might escape the administration of a step-mother, 
Lucinda had grown to be a young woman of 24. Pate 
decreed however that the happiness of their reunion 
was to be of short duration. Lucinda made her home with 
her sister, but after a few monthB, longing to see her 
father, she left to visit him in Texas. She died at her 
father's home a few days after she arrived there. 

Mrs. Hester is an ardent foe of the liquor traffic and 
bears a national reputation as a prohibition worker. 
Her zeal takes* its inspiration, she declares from the fact 
that she has learned during her years of prison and 
reform work, that 90 per cent of all prisoners blame 
whiskey for their downfall. 

Honors by the score have been showered upon her 
but the most of these have come from her church organ- 
izations. More than a score of years ago the Woman's 
Home Missionary society of the Oklahoma conference 
elected her to life membership and several years later 
when the Home and Foreign Missionary departments 
were united she was made their life president. For 
eighteen years she served as treasurer of the organiza- 

Mrs. Hester is of royal blood, her ancestry tracing 
back to the crowned heads of England. Her forefathers 
came to Virginia in America's Infancy and It was in 
that state that Mrs. Hester was born, the daughter of 
Rev. D, T. Fulton, a Methodist minister. For many 

years her father was a missionary among the Cherokee 
Indians in Georgia, before the Great White, Father in 
Washington induced them to come to the Indian Terri- 
tory under the promise that it should be theirs as " 
as grass grows and water flows." 

Mrs. Hester was.' educated for the work she has fol- 
lowed throughout her life. She was graduated from the 
Southern Masonic Female College In Atlanta, in 1856 and 
she taught in that institution for a short time before 
accepting her assignment to the Chickasaw Nation. 

Only once in more than sixty years has she visited 
her alma mater. In April, 1916, her church work took 
her to Atlanta, She found the school being conducted 
En the old building of more, thaa^ialf a century ago. 

In a few months Mrs,* Hester "»ivi 11 have reached her 
four score years. But the wholesome life she lead in 
her youth in the western .wilderness has given her a 
clear mind and sound bcdv, giving promisee that her 
work will continue for^several years to corpe. 



We are assembled here today under vastly different 
conditions' than those wliich have attended our reunions 
of recent years. Much diff^«nt even from our 1916 
meeting. At that time we polled on the terrible sacri- 
fice of human life and sympathized with paralyzed 
Europe. We grieved at the monumental mortality ct the 
soldiers and the sickening sight of the starvation of 
millions of women, children and other non-combatants. 

At that time we lauded our President for his ef- 
forts to secure a basis for peace negotiations and we 
noted with sorrow his utter failure. That wrs the con- 
dition then, it is much changed now. During the passage 
of the year we saw the rapacity and bloodthirstlness of 
the German Kaiser grow greater, we saw his ever In- 


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Colonel on General CfobelTs Staff. 

Chas. Wm. Goers, was born in Lexington, Ky., May 
27, 1840. When the war broke out in 1861 he joined 
Morgan's Cavalry, or squadron, as it was called, and 
served through the war. He was the advance vldette of 
the advance guard on the Ohio raid and surrendered 
with General Morgan in the extreme eastern part of the 
Ohio. He was imprisoned first at Columbus, Ohio* and 
then in Camp Douglas at Chicago, where he was* held 
till the close of the war. His whole life since the war 
has been devoted to journalism. He first became editor 
of the Glasgow, Ky., Times, then the Greenville, Texas, 
Independent and then the Denton, Texas, Monitor, for 
forty years. He published several other papers and at 
present is the editor and proprietor of the Mannsville, 
(Oklahoma) Monitor. 

The Charley Geers Camp No. 1809, U. C. V. was" 
named for him. 

creasing desregard for international law and for the 
laws of humanity. In time it came to pass, we saw the 
war clouds gathering on our own horizon due to the 
almost incredible action of the German militarists. Re- 
peated disregard of American rights on the high seas 
and continued breaches of solemn promises, Anally led 
our wise and noble president to call a halt and by force 
of arms to assist in restraining and overpowering that 
monstrouB Prussian imperialism that Is threatening the 
world with its Iron hand. When President Wilson de- 
clared a state of war to exist with Germany, we cast our 
lot with the Anglo-Saxon allies and forthwith measures 
were devised and adopted, the like of which the world 
had never seen before. A peaceful, peace-loving nation, 
with only a semblance of an army, almost before it could 
be realized by its own citizens had ra'sed and mobilized 
one of the most formidable fighting forces on the globs. 
Revenues for provisioning and providing supplies for 
I his vast army, amounting to billions, were raised almost 
over night. Before the civilians could awake to the fact 
that we really had entered into the world war we had a 
naval fleet and an armed force in the fighting zone. 
When the United States made her formal entry into this 
v ar, Germany regarded her lightly, even sneeringly. 
Her newspapers said she was a "money-grabbing" nation 
and knew nothing about the art of war. That her sole 
purpose in the war would be to furnish money and sup- 
plies to her allies, but as for actual fighting she was a 
rrinus quantity. But my comrades, the boys in khaki 
r- me from a fighting ancestry, the boys of t day are 
the boys of the boys of '61 and no one who knows the 
br» of '61 will ever dare question that they knew 
Komothing of the art of war. And my comrades before 
ve are through with this war the Germans will have 
occasion many times to readjust their opinion of the 
fighting qualities of our boys and will be ready to admit 
that while they are pretty good hands to "grab the 
inone. " they are also pretty handy with the artillery. 

Until now there has been no opportunity to try the 
metal of our boys as fighters, but can it be said that 
they have had nothing to do with this war? Has it 
not been the genius of Americans that has furnished the 
surprises of this war? Were it not for our own inventive 
geniuses the fighting nations would today be using the 
arras and ammunition of a hundred years ago. Who fur- 
nished them with the airplane? Who gave them the 
automobile and automobile truck? Where did the fam- 
ous tanks come from? Who invented the most powerful 
and insidious weapon used in this great war, the sub- 
marine? Where did they get the Howitzer, the machine 
gun. the torpedo and the high explosives? American 
genius contributed all these things and now American 
genius will proceed to furnish the antidote for each and 
give herself and her allieB new weapons as yet unheard 
of for the prosecution of the war to a successful finish 
for America and her allies. Already she has practically 
destroyed the terror and usefulness of that vultu-e of 
the high seas, the submersible and I am sure that within 
a short time our own boys will see to it that they are 
entirely swept from the seas of the civilized world. And 
I want to say right now that our soldiers and sa lors are 
inspired by a patriotism on the part of Americans that 
has never reached a higher pitch. The manner in which 
the Red Cross has been financed and the glorious rush 
for the Liberty Bonds Is ample Indication of how the 
citizens of this great commonwealth are backing the gov- 
ernment, the army and the navy in this great crisis. 
Every one is ready to do his bit, and even we old timers 
stand ready to shoulder arms and answer "boots and 
saddles" if our country calls or indicates that our rer- 
vices will be acceptable. My comrades I am filled with 
this glorious subject and could go on, like Tennyson's 
brock, forever, but 1 mutt touch on other matters con- 
cerning our personal and Immediate concern. Before 
going further I desire to thank my Brigade Commanders 
for their faithful service in the cause during the past 



The 105th anniversary of her birth was celebrated 
on June 20th, 1917. She is still hale and hearty and 
bids fair to be with us many years more. 

Her birthday is a social event each year in the 
Home, when a feast is spread and visitors are invited in 
to make the occasion a real celebration. 



year and for their generous cooperation with me in 
the conduct of our organization. Matters have prog- 
ressed satisfactorily and while some of our camps have 
dropped out some have grown stronger. In the smaller 
towns the comrades are so scattered that it is difficult 
to arrange a time when they can all be pres nt and after 
they miss a few times they make no further effort. In 
such cases it is wise to try to arrange for a general 
meeting occasionally for revival ct interast. I should 
like ti make this a suggestion for the camp cmmanders. 

The Brigade Commanders have been active during 
the entire year and have shown an exhilarating interest. 
I have no suggestions to make to them as they have 
performed every dutv faithfully. 

The Home at Ardmore has had a successful year 
under the management of Comrade Captain Harris. The 
Inmates have been well cared for and a v'sit to the insti- 
tution will convince one that they are happv and con- 
tented. The sanitary conditions have been improve! and 
the productiveness of the farm increased. With all this 
progress, however, I regret to say that old Father Time 
has not dealt generously with us. Th!s year we have 
lost manv of our comrades. Not through any fault or 
lack of attention and not by any epidemic, but just a 
general wearing down of the tissues incident to old age. 
We must expect that they will fall like leaves from 
the trees when the frost of winter has shorn them of 
their vitality and sapped the energy that was theirs in 
other days. 

We have reason to thank the legislature and our 
good governor for the generous manner in wh'ch we 
have been treated by them. There was no question about 
our appropriations. What we asked for we got, which 
means, of course that we asked for only what was in 
reason and what we felt was necessary for the care and 
comfort of our comrades. 

In the matter of pensions also, we have more reason 
to be under obligation to our governor and our legisla- 

ture. The amount of the appropriation was sufficiently 
increased this time to materially aid in the re*lef of cur 
comrades who are on the rolls. I am sure that you will 
all join me in expressing our sincerest thanks for this 

Before closing I want to mention something of our 
grand reunion at Washington, This year the ra'lroads 
were more liberal on the question of rates and by reason 
of the added attraction of holding the reunion in the 
capital of our country the reunion was the largest and 
best we have ever held. On account of the large f oatin^ 
population in Washington it is difficult to say ju*t how 
many veterans were there, but I be'ieve it is safe to say 
that 30,000 or 40.000 were in attendance. Notwith- 
standing the difficulties presented to the committees In 
charge the crowd was well handled and well cared for. 
I am sure wc made a wonderful impression on the peo- 
ple in that section. Everything was thrown open to us 
and we were royally entertained. Washington was never 
busier but that seemed not in the least to lessen their 
attention to us. We were reviewed by President W lson 
and as' we passed down Pennsylvania avenue it must 
have been an inspiration to those younger men win had 
been hesitating whether to join the colors. Other not- 
ables in Washington made speeches for us and comming- 
led with us in convention and in camp. Our little side 
trips to Mount Vernon and especially to the dedicaton of 
the Statue to our Immortal Hero, Robert E. Lee. at 
Gettysburg were greatly enjoyed. 

Gen. Geo. P. Harrison, was re-elected Commander- 
in-Chief for the ensuing year and there were few changes 
in departmental commanders. 

Gen. Bennett H. Young, our former Commander-in 
Chief, was present and very active In entertaining the 

Everyone who went on the trip had a splendid 
time and my only regret is that all could not have gone. 
However next year we will all have a better opportunity. 

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as Tulsa, in this state, was the successful bidder for 
the National Reunion in 1918. Much praise and credit 
iB due Gen. Tate Brady and Gen. Merritt A. Glass for 
their untiring efforts to secure that honor for Tulsa. We 
owe them a debt of gratitude for the ceaseless work they 
did and we will show our appreciation by being there in 
large numbers next year. 

Now my comrades, before I close I want to say 
again how glad I am to s-ee you here. When we complete 
each reunion we leave with the fear that our best friends 
will not be with us when we meet again. Our shadows 
are lengthening and for many the sun soon will set. 
With thiB sentiment in our hearts we should cultivate 
more the opportunities to meet in our camps and co- 
operate with our comrades to make these meetings of 
such a nature that all will make an effort to mine. In 
Camp Jeff-Lee, No. 68, we have invited the Sons and 
the Daughters not only to meet with us, but to join 
the camp. In this way we have built up a splendid 
camp and we look forward with pleasure to each meet- 
ing. On the fourth Sunday afternoon in each month 
we get together and have a general discussion of social 

and historical matters and every one leaves with a feel- 
ing of gladness that he came. I merely mention this 
so that other camps may take advantage of it and apply 
it. We Have been doing it for a year or more and 1 
can Bay frankly that we have a better camp now than 
we have ever had before with a goodly number of Sons 
and Daughters at each meeting. 

Before closing I desire to make public thanks to one 
other of my official family, upon whose shoulders I have 
shifted many of my burdens this year. He has accepted 
them in addition to his own and has performed nobly. 
I refer to my Adjutant General R. B. Coleman. He has 
veen very active and at all times has been ready to assist 
me in all matters in which our organization has been 
concerned and I desire to thank him thus publicly for the 

And now my comrades I thank you all for the cour- 
tesies and attention you have shown me and 1 hop 
sincerely to see you at Tulsa next June or July and 
again at our State Reunion wherever it may meet, I 
thank you. 


Veterans Added to the Pension Roll 

During the Past Year 

Name — Co. and Regiment P. 0. County 

William D. Garrison K 56th Georgia Infantry Dow , ..Pittsburg 

Anderson, L. Walker A 45th Virginia Infantry -Bishop, R. 1 Ellis 

Samuel N. Shepherd I 11th Texas Infantry — Lexington „„ Cleveland 

George M. D. Street G 34th Mississippi Infantry Wapanucka Johnston 

Alford M. Carroll - H 6th Tennessee Infantry Powell __ Marshall 

George W. Scruggs B 17th Mississippi Infantry Hartshorne Pittsburg 

Ruben Marler A 9th Alabama Infantry Hominy, Box 197 ..Osage 

James K. P. Smith C 6th Georgia Cavalry Caddo Bryan 

Dock Crunk ... C 17th Texas Cavalry Mariow Stephens 

Clement J. Mullins H 35th Arkansas Infantry Maud, R. 3 Seminole 

Samuel W. Ricks G 39th N. C. Infantry Shamrick ... _ Creek 

Daniel F. Underhill H 24th Tennessee Infantry Madill Marshall 

William H. White L Perryman's S. C. Infantry Stllwell Adair 

James R. Robinson C 3rd Missouri Infantry Claremore Rogers 

Larry Morris B Chickasaw Battalion Cavalry Lexington Cleveland 

John W. Layton Coffee's- Regiment Missouri Cavalry_Ardmore Carter 

Matthew G. McDonald 1- I 24th Mississippi Infantry McAlester ._' Pittsburg 

John Kuykandall G 41st Mississippi Infantry Texola Beckham 

Aaron M. Curb K 11th Alabama Infantry Dryden, R. 1 Harmon 

Leander F. Rhoades F 4th Alabama Cavalry Enville r— Love 

John C. Edwards F 12th Mississippi Infantry Seminole Seminole 

John A. Sain C 12th Tennessee Infantry Farris Ataka 

D. D. Harpole I 34th Tennessee Infantry Stonewall, R. 3 Pontotoc 

William J. Layton I 3th Missouri Infantry Bernlce Delaware 

William C. Murphree B 36th Arkansas Infantry -.-Butler, R. 4 Custer 

Alva B. Harper B Searcy's Battalion Missouri S. S. Marietta, R. 2 Love 

General H. McMillin I 5th Tennessee Cavalry ... . Texola Beckham 

W. M. Martin H 16th Tennessee Infantry Kiowa Pittsburg 

Clavin Short E Tennessee Cavalry Roff j Pontotoc 

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Name — Co. 

Patten M. Messer B 

Andrew J. Norvill I 

Hugh D. McGee E 

William M. Harlas __ A 

William J. Lancaster G 

R. H. Jones K 

Williamson R, Burditt A 

John C. Holland A 

W. B. Wilson K 

James Rowe F 

John L. Ealv ... ;, B 

Edward Smith C 

James R. Webster E 

R. E. W. Ince H 

George W. Raper G 

John D. Thompson K 

Nathaniel P. Desliong K 

William L. Westbrook K 

Francis L, Moore B 

Claud B. Calhoun H 

William C. Scott C 

William M. Eads G 

William Barber B 

John R. Hynson D 

Harvey B. Moore B 

Francis M. Settle 7th 

William C. Rogers t I 

George W. Dykes F 

Alvis J. Hathcox B 

Richard Norrls ._ I 

A. Kimsey Standridge B 

Isaac A. Flo; d „ D 

James E. Ellinburg A 

William H. Douthit B 

George W. Butler G 

•Abel M. Crow m B 

Isaac Jones B 

and Regiment P. O. County 

22nd Texas Cavalry Morrison Noble 

Braxton's Battalion Va. Artillery Shutler Okmulgee 

34th N. C. Infantry Pawhuska Osage 

Wells' Texas Battalion Cavalry Martha Jackson 

8th Arkansas Infantry i Ritter Hughes 

24th Mississippi Infantry .. Stonewall Coal 

18th Texas Cavalry J Stratford Prntotoc 

1st Missouri Cavalry Oklahoma City Oklahoma 

6th Texas Cavalry Beck _. Carter 

1st Cherokee Mtd. Cavalry Leach Ma'*es 

12th Tennessee Cavalry Stilwell Adair 

Hawthorn's Arkansas Infantry Eakley . Kiowa 

Nichols* Missouri Cavalry Lenapa J Nowata 

30th Texas Cavalry mm Norman Cleve'ani 

2nd Cherokee Mtd. Infantry Steeley -Delaware 

50th Virginia Infantry Purcell McClain 

6th Georgia Infantry Hugo Choctaw 

19th Arkansas- Infantry Boswell Choctaw 

9th Texas Infantrv Farris Atoka 

2nd Arkansas Cavalr/ Marlow Stephens 

2d S. C. Infantry Konawa Seminole 

60th Tennessee Infantry Konawa Seminole 

2d Tennessee Infantry , George Garvin 

7th Texas Infantry Flnley Pushmataha 

1st Arkansas Cavalry Woodville Marshall 

Texas Field Battery Wynnewood Garvin 

3rd Tennessee Mtd. Infantry Welch Cra'g 

12th Texas Infantry Rush Springs Grady 

4th Texas 1 Infantry Durant Bryan 

24th Georgia Infantry Colbert Bryan 

52d Georgia Infantrv Bartlesvllle Washington 

6th Mississippi Cavalry Ada Pontotoc 

Boswell's Battalion Georgia Cavalry. Carnegie Caddo 

6th Kentucky Cavalry Phillips Coal 

16th Texas Dis. Metd. Cavalry Castle Okfuskee 

Phillip's Georgia Legion Ada ,-P-^nt^toc 

84th Tennessee Infantry Carter . becki.air 


Thomas G. Shockley H 

Jasper Briskey D 

Hamilton B. Wilson B 

Robert P. Cochran D 

P. M. Vaughan , D 

Levi L. Price ._ F 

T. George Holt B 

Cosbey L. Shirley , D 

William B. Goode K 

Thomas A. Mattox 

Alexander P. Ledbetter „ H 

Charles C. Elliott A 

Harve W. Mayes H 

Griffin C. Lewis , E 

Benjamin F. Williams A 

John N. Bloodworth H 

John Hall A 

Presley L. Bottom? K 

Marion J. Kelley B 

Joseph J. Moreland F 

George W. Johnson 

Thomas J. Hill F 

Rufus A. Wallace C 

James M. Moore K 

J. H. Doster D 

John W. Givins F 

Thomas V, Jackson „__ G 

Thomas J. Walker G 

James W. Echols H 

George W. Worley ._ G 

John W. Lewis I 

William H. Little G 

Joseph A. Wade A 

William J. Herring E 

Isaac Sanders I 

James M. Wood ._ A 

William L. larr D 

Francis M. Gore I 

John W. Graham D 

James Hicks «*-_-» D 

Indpt. Battalion Georgia Cavalry Lexington Cleveland 

14th Alabama Infantry Sedan Comanche 

29th N. C. Infantry Rose Cherokee 

43rd Mississippi Infantry --McAlester Pittsburg 

12th Missouri Cavalry __ Carnegie Caddo 

24th Arkansas Infantry Antlers Pushmataha 

4th Georgia Infantry Phillips Coal 

3rd Alabama Cavalry Randlett Cotton 

Baylor's Texas Cavalry Wayne McClain 

Freeman's Battery Tenn. Artill3ry._ McAlester Pittsburg 

19th Arkansas Infantry Wetumka Hughes 

64th Virginia Infantry Cement Caddo 

16tli Georgia Cavalry Tishomingo Johnston 

8th Mississippi Infantrv __ Rosedale McClain 

Bourland's Texas Cavalry Durant Bryan 

27th Texas Cavalry _ Frederick Tillman 

15th Arkansas Infantry Meeker ... Lincoln 

26th Tennessee Infantry Oklahoma City Oklahoma 

8th Alabama Infantry Bokchito . Bryan 

2nd Texas Cavalry Mangum Greer 

Dent's Battery Alabama Ltd. Art. __ Fillmore oJhnston 

55th Alabama Infantry Durant Bryan 

48th Tennessee Infantry ... Lindsay Garvin 

1st Tennessee Infantry Bokchito ; Bryan 

48th N. C. Infantry Spencerville Choctaw 

6th Missouri Cavalry Gerty , Hughes 

tith Georgia Cavalry Duke Jackson 

63rd Alabama Infantry . Sulphur Murray 

1st Georgia Cavalry Stigler ,__j Haskell 

1st Tennessee Infantry Newalla Oklahoma 

18th Arkansas Infantry Osage , Osage 

29th Alabama Infantry _ Strong City Roger Mills 

1st Georgia Cavalry Lindsay ,_, Garvin 

4th Mississippi Infantry Boswell Choctaw 

1st Cherokee Cavalry Bunch .Adair 

Gordon's Arkansas Cavalry Cowlington LeFlore 

14th Texas Cavalry -Wiemr 

3rd Louisiana Cavalry Swink 

17th Texas Infantry Afton 

3rd Arkansas Infantry Wister 

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— at — 

A partial report of the Confederate Home at Ard- 
more is herewith submitted. 

With pleasure, I report the Home in a very pros- 
perous' condition and our garden and farm prospects 

are very fine. 

The general health of the inmates is very good. 
With the exception of a few chronic cases there are 
none at this time of consequence. 

All seem happy and contented and enjoy and ap- 
preciate the liberality of the state for maintaining so 
up to date a place, one that is a matter of pride when 
compared to those of other states. 

The inmates enjoy looking after the shrubbery, 
flowers and orchard. It seems to be the exercise and 
recreation they need to keep them in the best of health 
and condition. 

It is good for them to be here where they can sit 
under their own vine and pecan tree and discuss the 
terrible war. A large majority would even now be glad 
to take up arms to defend "Old Glory" the same "Old 
Glory" that they fought so gallantly against fifty-three 

years ago. 

We hope to celebrate Grandma Whittle's 105th 
birthday June 20th. This has come to be a function to 
be looked forward to. Each year we have had a cele- 
bration of this event. She is still hale and hearty and 
if there is anything in looks, we are apt to have the 
pleasure of seeing her many more years on this anni- 
versary day. 
The number of inmates now in the Home »b 

Women J J 

jyjej! , . . •* 

Deaths the past twelve months 12 

Admitted to the Home past 12 months --20 

Withdrawn from Home past 12 months 9 


Respectfully submitted, 

J. W. Harris, Superintendent. 

Live Stock on Farm. 

One team horses. 

Seven milk cows. 

Three calves. 

Fifteen hogs. 

One hundred white leghorn hens. 

Admitted Since Ijast June. 

Carroll, M. W., age 83, admitted 7-14-16, Oklahoma City 
McCain, R. A., age 74, admitted 7-20-16 ____ — — Aledo 
Daniel Marma, age 72, admitted 8-8-16 __ __— Vinita 
Taylor, N. B., ag« 7 3, admitted 8-22-16 __Oklahoma City 
Taylor Sue C, age 70, admitted 10-3-16 ..Oklahoma City 

Jones, Sam T., age 73, admitted 8-23-16 Yukon 

Cook, J. B., age 82, admitted 10-20-16 Dindsey 

Williamson, John, age 86, admitted 9-1-16 Ardmore 

Johnson, W. S., age 81, admitted 11-9-16 Overbrook 

Johnson, Polly, age 73, admitted 11-9-16 Overbrook 

Herbert, H. S., age 78, admitted 1-11-17 -Oklahoma City 

Brown, Jessie, age 80, admitted 1-3-17 Shawnee 

Bourland, J. R.. age 76, admitted 3-24-17 Shawnee 

Clemens, J. H., age 88, admitted 3-27-17 — Leon 

Clemens, Mary E., age 78, admitted 3-27-17 " L f° n 

Mclntyre, Arch, age 77, admitted 4-5-17 Walter 

Newton, G. W., age 71, admitted 4-13-17 K J?^5 

Starke, J. B., age 73, admitted 4-25-17 —Enid 

Baker, J. S., age 74, admitted 5-12-17 Trouesdale 

Pride, Elizabeth, age 90, admitted Mannsville 

Bean, Wm. H., age 72, admitted 9-6-16 ..Oklahoma City 

Daniel, Marma, age 72, admitted 10-26-16 -XJ? lta 

Webb, W. M., age 72, admitted 12-23-16 ... Wilson 

Rush, Elizabeth, age 74, admitted 12-24-16 ..Hennessey 


Williamson, John, age 87, admitted 3-3-17 Ardmore 

McElroy, Mary A., age 70, admitted 3-26-17, Lone Grove 

Rush, Henry B., age 76, admitted 5-2-17 Hennessey 

Wimberly, Edgar G., age 77, admitted 5-i 2-1 7 _ Ardmore 

Earl, W. H., age 82, admitted 5-9-17 Oklahoma City 

Cook, J. B., age 83, admitted 6-7-17 Lindsey 

Goins, Elizabeth, age 85, admitted 6-8-17 Centrahoma 

Gentry, Wm. C, age 79, admitted 6-11-17 Sulphur 


Carroll, Charles W., admitted 12-14-16 Lindsey 

Johnson, G. W. and wife, admitted 3-22-17 __Wapanucka 

Herring, W. J. and wife, admitted 2-21-17 Messer 

McVey, Mary, admitted 5-4-17 . Wilburton 

Steen, J. B., admitted 6-3-17, 

Wallace, W, W. and wife, admitted 4-1-17. 

On Furlough. 

Farris, J. N.; Webb, Mrs. Louisa; Revel, J. H.; 
Rounds, B. T.; Duncan, Mrs 1 . S. A.; Davis, W. H. K.; 
Boswell, T. G.; Coleman, A. O.; Driver, J. B.; Loggins, 
J. B.; Oxley, H. C. and wife; Miller, G. F.; Joslyn, G. 
W.; Moreland, D. C; McDaniels, B. F, ; McDaniels, 
Emma; Simpson, W. T. 


Clark, S. E. and Goodman, Carrie L., September 
17th, 1916. 


One of the functions looked forward to by the 
inmates each year, is the celebration of the birthday of 
Grandma Whittle. On the 20th of June the usual birth- 
day party was had and everybody congratulated Grandma 
on reaching the 105th milestone. It is generally con- 
ceded that if she had taken care of her health in her 
younger days she might have reached a ripe old age. She 

is' still hale and hearty and ready to engage the visitors 
and inmates in conversation. The only trouble seems 
to be that she covers a bit too much territory for the 
ordinary person. In other words ordinary mortals can 
discuss the history of the United States and its wars as 
learned from our books, but Grandma has had the 
advantage of personal contact and witness and her 
memory is so good that she knows much more than the 
"books" on many subjects connected with the history 
of our country. 

The usual feast was had and all the inmates as well 
as visitors from the city participated. It was a jolly 
gathering and no one enjoyed it more than Grandma 
Whittle herself. 


Washington, D. C, June 4th, 5th, and 6th, 1917. 

The reunion at Washington was probably the best 
and most successful of any meeting of the kind held 
since the beginning of our organization. 

The attendance was larger than usual and the rail- 
roads showed a more liberal disposition in the matter of 
rates than heretofore. 

The following General Order was issued by Gen. D. 
M. Hailey of the Oklahoma Division. 

Current Series. 

McAlester, Okla., April 1st, 1917. 

To all brigade and camp commanders 1 , Oklahoma 
Division, U. C. V.: 

By order of Gen. Geo. B. Harrison, Commander in 
Chief of the United Confederate Veterans, the Twenty- 
Seventh Annual Reunion of the United Confederate Vet- 


erans will convene in Washington, D. C, June 7th. , 

It is ordered that each Brigade Commander issue 
orders to his Camp Commanders conveying this informa- 
tion, and further notify them to at once remit to the Ad- 
jutant General, Wm, E. Mickle, of New Orleans, the an- 
nual dues of members. 

It is further ordered that the camps select delegates 
and alternates to represent them at this convention. 

It is particularly desired by your commander that 
as many of the comrades as possible attend this reunion. 
The location in itself should be a special Incentive and it 
is 1 our ambition to have a representative delegation from 
this state. 

It is requested that all those who attend make a 
special effort to secure the regulation Confederate uni- 
form, which will make us more distinctive and secure 
better attention while there. This applies also to the 
Sons of Veterans, 

The railroads have been more generous than in 
former years and have conceded us a very reasonable 

The Rock Island, Southern and Norfolk & Western 
railways will be the official route to Washington. A 
special train will be assembled at McAlester, being joined 
here by special cars from Tulsa, under supervision of 
Gen. Tate Brady, comanding the Sons. This special 
train will be run through from here to Washington. 

The Official Route — Rock Island lines to Memphis, 
Southern Railway to Bristol, Norfolk and Western to 
Lynchburg, Southern Railway to Washington. 

Herewith is schedule and rates for the round 

Friday, June 1st., leave Tulsa at 5:10 a. in,, M. K. 
& T„ rate $36.60. 

Friday, June 1st., arrive at McAlester 10:00 a. m., 
M. K. & T. 

Friday, June 1st., leave Vinita at 9:10 a. in., M. K. 
& T., rate $36.20. 

Friday, June 1st., leave Muskogee at 11:20 a. m., 
M. K. & T., rate $36.45. 

Friday, June 1st., arrive McAlester at 1:15 p. m. f 
M. K. & T. 

Friday, June 1st., leave Ardmore at 7:30 a. m., 
Rock Island, rate $38.40. 

Friday, June 1st., arrive Haileyville at 12:30 p. m., 
Rock Island. 

Friday, June 1st., leave Oklahoma City at 9:20 
a. m., Rock Island, rate $39.60. 

Friday, June 1st., leave Shawnee at 11:20 a. m., 
Rock Island, rate $38.0 5. 

Friday, June 1st., leave Holdenville at 12:43 p. m., 
Rouk Island, rate $36.60. 

Friday, June 1st., leave Calvin at 1:10 p. m., Rock 
Island, rate $35.94. 

Friday, June 1st, arrive McAlester at 2:30 p. m., 
Rock Island. 

Friday, June 1st., leave McAlester at 2:50 p. m., 
Rock Island, rate $34.80. 

Friday, June 1st., leave Haileyville at 3:25 p. m., 
Rock Island, rate $34.60. 

Friday, June 1st., leave Wilburton at 4:00 p. m,, 
Rock Island, rate $33.55, 

Friday, June 1st., leave Wister at 5:20 p. m., Rock 
Island, rate $32.20. 

Friday, June 1st, leave Howe at 5:31 p. m., Rock 
Island, rate $31.90. 

Saturday, June 2nd., leave Memphis, Tennessee at 
8:00 a. m., Southern Railway. 

Saturday, June 2nd., arrive Chattanooga, Tennessee 
at 5:15 p. m., Southern Railway. 

Sunday, June 3rd., arrive Washington, D. C. at 3:00 
p. m., Southern Railway. 

Tickets — -Tickets will be on sale at all stations in 
Oklahoma June 1st. and 2nd. with return limit June 


21st., but with privilege of extension to July 6th, by 
depositing with Special Agent at Washington on or be- 
fore June- 21st. 

Equipment — Train will consist of latest up-to-date 
equipment, Chair Cars, day coaches, as well as both 
standard and tourist sleeping cars. Special cars Will 
leave Tulsa on schedule shown above connecting with 
Special at McAlester. 

Comrades may consult local railway agents for rates 
from stations not appearing on the above list. 

Commander Oklahoma Division, U. C. V. 
Adjutant General and Chief of Staff. 

The State Reunion will be held at Chickasha July 
10th., 11th., and 12th., 1917, 

Responding to the above order the veterans from 
over the state began writing in for information and when 
the day arrived for our special train to depart there was 
a much larger gathering than had ever gone from here 
before to a general reunion. The train was routed 
through a beautiful and historical section of the South. 
Many stops were made, the one at Shiloh battlefield be- 
ing particularly interesting and pleasing to the veterans. 

It was Monday morning when the train arrived in 
Washington to find that thousands of the veterans were 
already on the ground. 

The various committees on arrangements met the 
veterans as they arrived and the most perfect harmony 
marked their efforts. There was little or no confusion 
notwithstanding it was said that the largest crowd was 
then in Washington that had ever been in the Capital 
city at one time. 

Colonel Harper, in charge of all committees was 
especially active and saw to it that all veterans were 
comfortably located. 

/ The first day of the reunion was largely occupied in 
sight seeing by the veterans. There were Piaces of world 

wide renown that should be seen to make their visit 
complete. The departments' of government were gracious 
in their attention and were ready In all instances to ex- 
plain in detail the point of interest under their super- 
vision. Congress Halls were liberally patronized and the 
Congressmen were busy entertaining their constituency. 
It was a pleasure for them as well as a treat for the 
boys in gray. 

Not until the second day did the organization get 
down to a working basis. Committees and routine mat- 
ters were attended to and there was little els© to dp 
other than electing officers for the ensuing year and 
selecting the place for holding the next General Reunion. 

The resolution asking that there be a rotati n in 
office of the Commander in Chief was the principal one 
to be considered. It was Anally decided that it -should 
be adopted but not become effective until next year. 

Gen, Geo. B. Harrison, of Opelika, Alabama, the 
present Commander in Chief was then nominated to suc- 
ceed himself was reelected without opposition. 

The departmental commanders were reelected, re- 
turning to us for the Trans-Mississippi Department, Gen. 
K. M. Van Zandt. »i 

Gen. Vance was elected to succeed Gen. Hickman as 
Commander of Department of Tennessee. 

Gen. Carr succeeded Gen. Brown as Commander of 
Department of Army of Virginia. 

The really big day of the reunion was on the 6th. 
when the parade of veterans marched down Pennsyl- 
vania Avenue, a consummation they have devoutly wish- 
ed for since 1861. However the circumstances were en- 
tirely different from those of the early sixties, yet were 
highly satisfying. 

This parade was the most remarkable, of its kind 
and will live long in the memories, not only of the vet- 
erans but also of the spectators. 

The weather was favorable and early in the morning 
the veterans began forming and: getting their locations. 

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About ten o'clock in the morning the head of the 
parade swung majestically into Pennsylvania Avenue 
with a body of mounted police in the lead followed 
immediately by Hon. Hilary Herbert, former secretary of 
the navy as Grand Marshal, and Col. Robert E, Lee, son 
of the great hero of the South, with his official staff. 
This was the signal for prolonged cheering from the 
veterans and the crowds along the street. Next came the 
famous United States Marine Band. As it came into th3 
Avenue it started to playing "Dixie" and pandemonium 
broke loose. Troops of U. S. Cavalry, citizen escorts 1 
and Spanish War veterans were next in line. 

Then came one of the real sensations of the parade, 
the band from Waxahachie, Texas. This is a famous 
organization and has attended many of the reunions in 
the south. As it hove in sight II began the old southern 
airs and mixed in just enough of the familiar and soul 
stirring syncopated sort, to give the crowd the max' mum 
of enthusiasm. Proudly it marched out as the head and 
leader of the main phalanxes of the confederate veterans. 
The Commander in Chief, with his staff, his sponsor, 
maids of honor and ladles in waiting, escorted by a dele- 
gation of Grand Army of the Republic vete~ans mw 
reached the Avenue, which was the signal for rcunds 
after rounds of applause. 

In the Grand Army escort was Gen. E. W. Whit- 
taker, who was present when General Lee surrendered at 
Appomatox. There were many others famous in tha 
sixties on the northern side, that rode and fraternized 
with Gen. Geo. P. Harrison and his staff as they rode 
down Pennsylvania Avenue. 

At this time the blending of the stars and stripes 
and stars and bars stood out as a most prominent demon- 
stration of the complete elimination of all feeling be- 
tween the north and the south and of the solidaritv of 
the entire country under the leadership of the one flag 
that floats for air and over all. 

Following the Commander in Chief wers the autos 

conveying the Daughters of the Confederacy, headed by 
Mrs. F. G. Odenheimer, accompanied by her maids, 
sponsors and matrons and other members of h?r staff. 
The riot of colors displayed from the autos, consisting 
of a generous intertwining of the colors of the stars and 
stripes and stars and bars, drew forth a riot of applause 
all down the line. The maids of Mrs. Odenheimer, were 
Mrs. Josephus Daniels and Miss Mary Custis Lee. 

The departmental commanders were then lined up 
and in order, dropped into line of procession. Each 
division was roundly applauded all the way down the 

Liberally interspersed in the line of march were 
various organizations that gave added interest ti the 
parade. There was a regiment of cadets from the Vir- 
ginia Military Institute, second only to West Point, and 
their appearance at all times met with a noisy reception. 
The regulars too, were given to understand that they 
were mighty highly regarded by their civilian brothers. 

One of the special features of the whole parade was 
that of the Sons of Veterans, lead by Gen. Earnest Bald- 
win, Commander in Chief of the sons and Gen, Nathan 
B. Forrest, Adjutant General and chief of staff. They 
introduced a novel and very pleasing feature to the 
thousands of visitors watching the procession. On floats 
were the United Confederate choirs singing the patriotic 
songs that thrill the South and never fail to inspire the 
North, As they passed down the line their reception at 
times was so great that it was difficult to know Just what 
songs they were singing. There was also a chrir com- 
posed of children, who were dressed in red, white and 
blue and sang the old songs nearly as well as their older 
sisters and met with quite as much applause. 

With the Sons there were more than a thousand in 
line, gathered in from every state in the union, every 
man of whom pledged himself to the cause of the union 
and to the defense of our united country. It was an 
inspiring sight to the veterans as well as to many young 


were particularly active. Washington now knows Gen. 
Tate Brady and Gen. Merritt A. Glass, almost as well as 
Tulsa. On one day they were with General Hailey, hon- 
ored with a full page in the Washington Post. 

They seemed to be everywhere at all times and 
Tulsa was 1 so persistently preached on all occasions that 
if there was any other city in the United States had any 
idea of putting in a bid for the 1918 reunion their cour- 
age was crushed by the terrific onslaught made by the 
Oklahomans. The result was that when time came for 
selecting the next place for reunion there was no open 
opposition and next year Tulsa will entertain the vet- 

From a social point of view the Oklahoma delega- 
tion was at all times in the front raiik. However con- 
sidering the ladies on the official s'taff there could be 
drawn hardly any other conclusion. 

Mrs. Leon Huckins, of Oklahoma City, as Sponsor, 
Miss Italy Carter, daughter of Congressman Carter fro in 
Oklahoma, and Mrs. Ruth Brady Dewey, of Tulsa, Maids' 
of Honor, and Mrs. Arthur Walcott, Chaperon. Mrs. 
Norman Nelson and Mrs. James 1 Armstrong, of Oklahoma 
City as Sponsor and Maid of Honor for the First Brigade, 
is a galaxy of entertainers that would shine in any court 
in the wide world, and they did shine in the courts of 
Washington, Oklahoma had good reason to be proud 
of her representation among the Daughters. 

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Probably one of the most enjoyable occasions of the 
reunion to those who were fortunate enough to be among 
those present, was the dinner given by Josephus Daniels, 
Secretary of the Navy, to Gen. Geo. B. Harrison, Com- 
mander in Chief of the veterans. The President's yacht, 
the Mayflower was chosen as the place for holding this 
memorable dinner and the guests of the Secretary, be- 
sides General Harrison, were the Commanders of the 
State Divisions. There wer© other notables present 

also. Secretary Daniels proved himself a genial host and 
his guests were charmed and entertained beyond ex- 
pression. The Paymaster General of the Confederate 
Veterans was present with a number of Confederate ten 
dollar bills. With these he paid each Confederate pres- 
ent for services rendered during the reunion in Wash- 
ington. Those present will carry the occasion in their 
memories' as one of the most enjoyable social functions 
of their lives. Gen. D. M. Hailey, as commander of the 
Oklahoma Division, had the honor to sit among the 
guests and brought home with him the ten dollar Con- 
federate bill with which the obligation of the reunion 
committee to him was discharged. He is very proud of 
the possession. 

Miss Mary Custis Lee, the only surviving daughter 
of Robert E. Lee was the recipient of many honors during 
the reunion. In every instance her appearance was the 
signal for prolonged applause. When she rode in her 
automobile she was showered with flowers and every- 
where the stars and bars were wildly waved. Miss Lee 
has visited every confederate state in the union and all 
who have ever heard her talk are deeply attached to her, 
not only, because she is the daughter of the Hero of 
the South, but because of her charming personality. 


"This has been one of the grandest reunions I have 
ever attended and 1 rejoice in the fact that I. have lived 
to see it." Gen. Geo. B. Harrison, Commander in Chief 
of the Confederate Veterans, said in expressing his ap- 
preciation to a group of Washington newspaper men at 
his headquarters yesterday. 

"Certainly the event carried more significance than 
any preceding one, coming at this time and bringing 
about a real testimonial of the reunited North and 
South. On behalf of the Confederates I want to express 


to Col. Robert N. Harper and the people of Washington 
my deep appreciation of their royal entertainment and 
hospitable treatment in general. ''—Washington Post. 

Oklahoma Delegation Thanks Washingtonians. 

WHEREAS the Oklahoma Division of the United 
Confederate Veterans in convention assembled in the City 
of Washington, District of Columbiav<on the 7th. day of 
June, 1917, while attending the 27th. Annual Reunion of 
the United Confederate Veterans, having received the 
hospitality of its citizens, 

BE IT RESOLVED that the Oklahoma Division ex- 
presses its sincere thanks and deep appreciation of the 
many courtesies shown its Veterans, Sons and Daughters 
while within its gates. 

By order of D. M. HAILEY, 

Commander Oklahoma Division. 

Adjutant General. 

Railroad Men Remembered. 

En Route to Washington, D. C, 
June 3rd., 1917. 

Resolved that we, the U. C. V. and S. C. V. and the 
U. D. C. of the Oklahoma Division, in appreciation of the 
efficient services and many kindnesses, which we have 
received at the hands of those in charge of our special 
train, hereby express our thanks and appreciation to 
them and desire to mention especially the patience and 
attention of Mr. 0. Collins, Traveling Passenger agent 
of the Rock Island Lines and Mr. E. S. Sullivan, Travel- 
ing Passenger agent, Southern Railway System; Also 
the following: L. W. Oats, Oklahoma Cit"; R. Johns, 
Oklahoma City; W. Hughes, Kansas City; E. McCowan, 
Oklahoma City; J. Brown, Denver, Colorado; T. Roden, 

Such efficiency in service and kindness upon the 

part of the railroad officials and servants are a great 
comfort to the traveling public and reflects honor upon 
the corporation which they serve. We recommend them 
to all whom they may serve and cheerfully furnish to 
each of them a copy of this expression of our gratitude. 

D. M. Hailey, Commander Oklahoma Division. 
Capt. A. S. McKennon, 
Rev. W. A. Treadwell, 

U. C. V. 
Mrs. Lutie Hailey Walcott, U. D. C. 
.Tate Brady, S. C. V. 


Nearly a hundred Confederate Veterans entertained 
themselves in the Senate Chamber yesterday afternoon 
by holding what Capitol attaches said was the first mock 
Senate session ever permitted in the chamber. They 
were the guests of Senator Hoke Smith, of Georgia, who 
induced the doorkeepers to suspend the rigidly enforced 
rules barring non-members from the Senate floor during 

Several of the old soldiers addressed the mock ses- 
sion in humorous vein and one nominated Senator Smith 
for the presidency. The vote was unanimous, but Sena- 
tor Smith will continue as the senatorial representative 
of the State of Georgia until further action has been 
taken by the country at large. 

The principal reason Oklahoma Division was always 
socially present was due to the personel of its staff. 
Among them were the following: Mrs. Leon W. Huck^ 
ins, Sponsor, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Ruth Brad" Dewey, 
Maid of Honor, Tulsa; Miss Italy Carter, Maid of Honor, 
Washington, and Mrs. Arthur Walcott, Chaperon, Ard- 
more. These represented the Oklahoma Division and 
they were brilliantly augmented by the ladies of the 


first brigade: Mrs. Norman Nelson, Sponsor, Oklahoma 
City; Mrs, James R. Armstrong, Matron, Oklahoma City. 
Viewing and reviewing the talent it is small wonder 
that the Oklahoma delegation shone resplendent on every 
occasion. The state can well feel proud of the manner 
in which they were represented at this National Reunion. 

In the convention, beside General Hailey, as com- 
mander of the Oklahoma Division, we had Gen. T. D. 
Turner on the Committee on Credentials and Ccl. R. A, 
Sneed, on Committee on Resolutions. 


The attendance of the Sons of Veterans was larger 
this time than at any other since the beginning of the 
organization. In social matters they were particularly in 
evidence and their assistance was valuable in helping 
the veterans about and looking after their comforts. 

Gen. Earnest Baldwin of Roanoke, Virginia, was re- 
elected Commander in Chief and Gen. Nathan Bodford 
Forrest was returned as' Adjutant in Chief. 

Gen. Merritt A. Glass was 1 reelected Commander of 
the Trans-Mississippi department. Oklahoma was rep- 
resented by Gen. Tate Brady, as commander of the Okla- 
homa Division. 

The Daughters also had a much larger attendance 
than usual. Mrs. Odenheimer, President of the Daugh- 
ters was the leader in all the social functions in which 
the ladies joined. With her were Mary Cust<s Lee, 
grand-daughter of Gen. Robert E. Lee, and her staff. T"e 
ladies of the cabinet were particularly attentive to the 
Daughters and arranged many entertainments and re- 
ceptions for them. 

Mrs. Odenheimer, as President of the Daughters 
promulgated an order to be effective at once, command- 
ing that all chapters of the Daughters throughout the 

United States, as an organization, join their forces and 
efforts in assisting in every way possible, the council 
of defense, the Red Cross and all other patriotic organ- 
izations. Heretofore^ the Daughters have had no co- 
ordination with any other society or association, but at 
this time with a reunited country and the need for co- 
operation from all sources it was deemed the part of 
duty as well as patriotism. The women of the Confed- 
eracy will now work hand in hand with the women of 
the Grand Army, Daughter of the American Revolution 
and other patriotic societies. 

This is a move that has met with immense popu- 
larity and tended to make real heroines of the Daughters 
of the Confederacy at Washington. 


To the strains of "Dixie," to "Maryland, Mv Mary- 
land," to all the old tunes, the veterans of the Con- 
federacy marched today in grand review. 

Their souls swelled with pride cf conquest, the con- 
quest of love. Their steps quickened to heart beats of 
gratitude that in losing they had won, for the country 
was one country, and that one, theirs. 

There was not one of the gray coated men hut 
would have, in the sixties, willingly given his life if h's 
cause might have been triumphant; if the forces of Dixla 
might have marched victorious up the avenue. But now 
fifty years afterward, loving his cau*e as much as ever, 
no less devoted to the Stars and Bars than in the days 
gone by, he rejoiced that after all the country was not 
broken, that he was a citizen of the United States and 
a part of a united people. 

The Capital has never welcomed a parade so tumul- 
tously. One continuous cheer rang from the Peace Mo -"u- 
ment to the White House. The "reb-1 yell" resounded 
from the throats of spectators thrilled by the wonderful 
showing of the veterans. Great roars of applauee greet- 


ed well known officers, many of whom rode bare headed 
so continuous was the applause. 

Never before, never again In all probability, will the 
veterans of the confederacy march in the Capital, but 
certainly every one of them will remember the wonder- 
ful reception that was given them and every one who 
saw them as they marched past will cherish a new sen- 
sation of supreme emotion and reestablished or renewed 

Old men in gray you made a noble show. Hail and 
farewell. — Washington Times. 


Only 97 9 out of 2908 applications for pensions un- 
der the provisions of the new Confederate soldier and 
sailors pensluu bill, were approved by the state board of 
pension commissioners, according to a statement given 
out. Lack of sufficient funds with which to pay the 
claims is the reason that more of the claims were not 
allowed and approved. 

Each of the persons whose claims 1 were approved by 
the board will receive $5.00 for the present quarter. 

The state board of pension commissioners, which has 
been in session for four days in the office of the chair- 
man in the Patterson building, was adjourned, having 
completed its work for the first quarter. The work of 
the board was extremely difficult due to the fact that 
the number of applicants for pensions far exceeded all 
expectations of those who fathered this bill in the legis- 

It was believed by the supporters of the bill that 
the sum of $12,000 would be sufficient to pension all 
applicants, but when the bill came up before the legisla- 
ture it was announced, and finally passed, appropriating 
$20,000 for pensions and it was thought that this would 
be ample to provide a fair allowance for all who might 

As 1 the pension act did not carry the emergency it 
did not go into effect until July of this year, the first 
quarter thus ending October 1st. No money whatever 
has been available prior to this date, Dur'ng this time 
the applications arrived in large numbers' until the tital 
number on file at the time the board met amounted to 
2,908. Many of these, of course were Ineligible, and to 
have divided the appropriation among so many would 
have reduced each individual's allowance to such a pit- 
tance as to have been of no benefit to anyone and re- 
sulted in a mere dissipation of the funds, without doing 
any real good. 

Therefore the board was 1 forced to a rigid inter- 
pretation of the law, that only the most needy might 
be placed on the pension rolls, taking into considera- 
tion the age and degree of indigency of the applicant. 
No doubt many who have been rejected may f?el that 
they are indeed worthy, and the board does not ques- 
tion that, yet it must be realized that there are others 
whom the board found to be in much greater need and 
with the information at hand the idea of the board was 
to impartially judge of the needs of each applicant and 
include as many applicants in the grant as possible and 
still provide a sum for each to be of some benefit 

The total number of pensioners is 979 and the 
amount granted each $5.00 per quarter, Jt will be 
useless for any one to make inquiry of the board as to 
whether or not their application was granted, as due 
notice will be sent to both those allowed and rejected 
just as rapidly as it is possible to get them out wUh 
the limited amount of help available in the office for this 
purpose. By refraining from unnecessary correspondence 
the board will be enabled to forward tD those who are 
pensioners the necessarv claim papers much sooner. 
While it will take ten days or more to attend to this! 
yet no one need feel that their application h*s been 
slighted or forgotten, for all have received attention and 
due notice will be received just as soon as possible. 


This represents the final action of the board and as 
they do not meet in regular session again until next 
January there is no appeal from their decision. 

The members of the State Pension Board, are: W. 
L. Alexander, State Treasurer; Gen. Thos. D. Bard, of 
Bushyhead; Gen. D. M. Hailey, of McAlester; J. W. 
Harris', of Oklahoma City, and Wm. D. Matthews, State 
Commissioner of Charities and Corrections, all of whom, 
with the exception of Mr. Alexander are confederate vet- 
erans and Mr, Alexander is the son of a confederate 
veteran. W. L. CLARK, 

Secretary Pension Board, 
— Daily Oklahoman 

Z>ougla« H. Cooper Camp No» 1401 
U. C. V. at Caddo. 

John. M. Hall, Captain, 8th Tennessee Infantry, Caddo. 

A. E. Fulsom, Private, * 3rd Arkansas Infantry, Caddo. 
T. A. Alexander, Private, 3rd Arkansas Infantry, Caddo. 
Samuel Walker, Private, 1st Tennessee Infantry, Caddo. 
W. M. Broadrick, Private, Morgan's Cavalry, Caddo. 
W. E. Blakeney, Private, 26th Miss. Infantry, Caddo. 
Joe M. Evans, Private, Arkansas Infantry, Caddo. 

B. P. Farmer, Private, 8th Missouri Cavalry, Caddo. 
J. K. Bass, Private, 26th Texas Cavalry, Caddo. 

J. W. Rains, Private, 26th. Misssissippi Infantry, Caddo, 
W. G. Ward, Private, Texas Cavalry, Caddo. 
J. L. Sergeant, Captain, 2nd Misissippi Infantry, Caddo. 
T. J. Clark, Private, Alabama Infantry, Caddo. 
John Miller, Private, 26th Texas Infantry, Caddo. 
Benj. Humphries, Private, 2nd. Missouri Infantry, Caddo. 
P. H. Crenshaw. 
G. B. Tucker. 

John M. Hall, 
A, E. Fulsoms, Camp Commander. 

Camp Adjutant. 

Stonewall Jackson Camp No. 1559 U. O. V., 
Wapanucka, Oklahoma* 

G. M. Power, Private, 16th Mo. Inft, Wapanucka. 
G. M. Street, Private, 34th Miss. Inft., Wapanucka. 

A, W. Dumas, Ord. Sgt., 11th Ala. Inft., Wapanucka. 

G. L. Dudley, Private, Shelby's Com. Mo., Wapanucka. 

D, P. Gentry, Private, 31st Miss. Inft., Wapanucka. 
F. M. Jackson, Private, 7 th Tenn. Cavl., Wapanucka. 

C. C. Jackson, Private, Texas Home Guards, Wapanucka. 
Lee Stephens, Private, 8th Ark. Inft., Wapanucka. 
J. T. Mosely, Fir&t Sgt., 11th Texas Inft., Wapanucka. 
Burrel Nash, Private, 2nd La, Inft., Clarita. 

E. E. Pritchard, Private, 5th Ala. Inft., Wapanucka. 
W. T. Pounds, Private, 7th Miss. Inft., Clarita. 
Hugh Tasbett, Private, 11th Texas ArtiL, Clarita. 
J.N. Walton, Private, 10th Ark. Inft., Bromide. 

Mortuary List of Camp. 

B. F. Beavers, Private, 28th Texas Infantry. 
W. G. Ball, Private, 5th Tennessee Cavalry. 

J. L. Crabtree, 1st Liteutenant, 1st Arkansas Battalion. 

G. M. Powers 1 , 
A. W. Dumas, Camp Commander. 

Camp Adjutant. 


Oklahoma's Swetheart. 

The reunion of ^Confederate Veterans at Washington 
City, was a most enjoyable occasion. Not an unpleas- 
ant incident occurred so far as we know. The meeting 
of "the Blue and the Gray" was a heartfelt, patriotic 
feast. It was said that Washington never, in its history, 
witnessed a parade equal to that. Many of the y:unger 
people of the north came down to see and shake hands 
with men who fought the war on behalf of the south, 



and their greeting was most cordial. We wish and hope 
that this meeting may inspire our people everywhere to 
truer and more enthusiastic patriotism in this hour of 
peril and need of our country. I am sure I speak tha 
sentiment of every Confederate veteran, when I say there 
is no sacrifice we would, for a moment, hes'tate to make, 
if opportunity offers, in any service within our power. 
Many thanks to and love to all friends whose hearts 
followed us to the National Capital, 

A beautiful incident occurred at the close of our 
meeting. Representatives of Oklahoma, in separate sbs'- 
sion, met and unanimously adopted, a resolution offered 
by our own Judge Treadwell, with numerous seconds, 
electing the lovely Ruth Dunlap, of Wilburton, Okla- 
homa, "Oklahoma's Sweetheart." She is a grand-daugh- 
ter of Ex-Principal Chief Dukes, of the Choc taws, a 
half-breed Choctaw, well educated and a most estimable 
young lady. All would know the reason of the honor 
thus sought to be conferred upon her had they witnessed 
her gentle, tender attention to "the boys" on our way 
to and in Washington. She seemed to feel that each was 
her especial care, and of course, we all "fell in love with 
her." She is ever hereafter to the Confederate Vet- 
erans, "Oklahoma's Sweetheart.'' A. S. McKennon. 

— News-Capital. 


June 23rd., 1917. 

The annual picnic of Jeff-Lee Camp No. 68 was 
celebrated on the 23rd. instead of 20th. as is usual. 
Notwithstanding the weather was hot there was a fine 
attendance and everyone brought a bountiful basket to 
make sure the inner man would be radiantly happy. 

A splendid program was provided and was very 
much enjoyed by the Veterans, Sons and Daughters. 

Invocation by Comrade, Rev. Treadwell. 

"Dixie" by all present. 

Next on the program was a delightful reading by 
Miss Margaret Grady. 

Capt. A. S. McKennon responded to a request foi 
impressions of the Washington trip. His talk was most 
interesting especially to those who were not so fortunate 
as to be in the party making the trip. 

Mrs. Robinson entertained with a beautiful numbei 
en the violin that met with an encore. 

Miss Marion Naylor then regaled the veterans with 
one of her inimitable readings. She has entertained 
the veterans before and it is needless to say that she 
always charms and is held as one of the "regulars" at a 
meeting of the veterans. 

Gen. J. J. McAlostor, was called on then to give 
an address on the subject of "military training" in our 
schools. He handled the subject splendidly and when 
he was 1 through all were convinced that it was the thing 

to do. 

Capt. James Reed then responded, to a call for 
some old time music not on the violin but the "fiddle." 
It was real music and everyone enjoyed the numbers 


There were several short talks by veterans all 'of 
which were enjoyed by those present. 

After the entertainment the ladies "set" the table 
and when "mess" was announced there was 1 a grand rush 
for the good things. The spread gave no indication of 
the high cost of living as it was diverse and bountiful. 

After all had been satisfied inwardly they repaired 
to the cemetery where the graves of the soldiers were 
fittingly decorated. 

Benediction was then pronounced by Brother Tread- 
well and the gathering made its way home after having 
enjoyed a splendid outing.